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  1. Well, what can I say? Banished to the free speech zone yet again. I guess I forgot to remind new comers to Pembroke that I arrived at the University already labeled, “fully educated, often a lady, but essentially untrainable.” And then they left me to learn how to exchange views with Tom Ross.

    Seriously, about the Health Plan. Patients’ rights to refuse treatment has always been a big hairy deal in health care professional training. Patients are supposed to be able to refuse treatment with no negative consequences added by their health care providers.

    If I refuse to stay skinny, if I refuse to substitute another vice for the used-to-be socially acceptable tobacco vice, the health care providers should be content to hound me any way they want in order to show me the error of my ways. But hound the rest of you’all-the-good-guys with “spot checks” just because we know there are some rough necks like me out here in Health Plan land who won’t wise up for our own good?

    That’s not even rational from the POV of the established laws of human behavior which are pretty clear: (1) people tend to gravitate toward rewards and avoid punishments. (2) Punishments that cannot be avoided, particularly punishments that appear to arrive by random chance, drive people (and lab rats) crazy. Even the lab rats start exhibiting what the behaviorists call “superstitious rituals.” Whatever they happened to be doing (or not doing) when the unwarranted punishment arrives, that’s what little rituals get built up around with the hope that further random punishment doesn’t rain down on them.

    Punishing the innocent has never been a good way to change the behavior of the quilty.

    Think about it: what’s the difference between a bribe and a tax? Bribes are exchanges between free people. A tax is unavoidable. The state health plan, as set up now is simply a rough bribe. If the national legislation for mandatory universal health care comes to fruition, the state plan becomes a sin tax, with the definitions of sin being left up to the politicians.

    Oh well, prehaps they do know more about sin than the rest of us, huh?

    Comment by Fran Fuller — November 2, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

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