The Heritage Foundation, now led by Jim DeMint, put out their annual Economic Freedom Index, a list of the countries in the world they deem to be the most free. And lo and behold, nearly all of the top 9 countries (the US is 10) have some form of government-provided or mandated health care:
The report defines the concept of “economic freedom” in misleading right-wing terms, but even by those standards, it appears that universal health care systems far more expansive than Obamacare aren’t “fundamentally inconsistent with liberty.” In fact, the ten “freest” economies in 2013 by Heritage’s lights range from mandating individuals save a certain amount of money for health care to almost the entire health care system, including hospitals, being owned and operated by the government
6 of the 9 have nationalized health care or single-payer systems. Two of them have mandates that require people to pay a certain percentage of their income to health care savings accounts. One has a system much like the US will have starting in 2014. But gee, I thought even subsidized private insurance was a “government takeover” of the health care system that would destroy freedom and lead to the Fourth Reich? Oh, wait. The individual mandate was actually the Heritage Foundation’s idea, long before they suddenly discovered it’s liberty-destroying properties when it was proposed by a Democrat. Funny how times change.