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    (Original post by UniOfLife)
    Not sure I understand the question. How are they the same?
    Well, they are both compulsory fees for healthcare. I'm having trouble seeing why the insurance system would be any more 'free'.
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    (Original post by LawBore)
    Well, they are both compulsory fees for healthcare. I'm having trouble seeing why the insurance system would be any more 'free'.
    Well, first off where did the idea of compulsory health insurance come from?

    But secondly the differences are rather fundamental - with health insurance you come to some privately agreed contract with one of a number of different companies. And when you need treatment you visit one of a number of different hospitals or clinics.

    With the NHS you pay what the government demands you pay and receive the service the government forces you to receive.

    So the first one allows you almost complete choice and the second affords you almost none.
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    No one has claimed that privatising healthcare makes it free. We're a political party not a wishing well.
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    (Original post by Collingwood)
    No one has claimed that privatising healthcare makes it free. We're a political party not a wishing well.
    I think you misunderstand me- I refer to freedom, as opposed to monetary thrift. However, thanks to UniOfLife for the helpful answer.
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    (Original post by LawBore)
    I think you misunderstand me- I refer to freedom, as opposed to monetary thrift. However, thanks to UniOfLife for the helpful answer.
    You're most welcome

    I trust you will currently be reconsidering whether the Lib Dems are really correct and feeling a nagging sensation that maybe the Dems are holding you back from seeing the light :p:
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    (Original post by UniOfLife)
    I trust you will currently be reconsidering whether the Lib Dems are really correct and feeling a nagging sensation that maybe the Dems are holding you back from seeing the light :p:
    Yeah the blue tinted light :p:
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    *changes filter to red*

    Seriously though, what is the colour of the Libertarians? Everyone else has one, except Labour, because we are the only red party.
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    Yellow, like the skin colour of the people who make our shoes.

    Actually, I have no idea.
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    The Libertarian colour is yellow. It has been since 1776. Socialist Democrats GTFO.

    Also green is apparently acceptable.
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    Haha. So the Libs have yellow as opposed to the Lib Dems and we have red as opposed to Labour. Dayne and Metrobeans will need to think up some alternative shades...
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    Can I ask why the Libertarians have asked the same question to all the leftist parties? is there any point to this?
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    It wasn't a collective decision. I had a question and I wanted to ask it. I'm sure that the Socialists would not want the answers of Labour to be taken as their answer too and likewise Lib Dems with Socialists and all other combinations.
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    (Original post by UniOfLife)
    It wasn't a collective decision. I had a question and I wanted to ask it. I'm sure that the Socialists would not want the answers of Labour to be taken as their answer too and likewise Lib Dems with Socialists and all other combinations.
    Ah ok, was there any political point to it though?
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    (Original post by davireland)
    Ah ok, was there any political point to it though?
    I was wondering how any form of socialism or progressive taxation could be reconciled with the principle of equality before the law. I'm not sure I got an answer to that question.
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    (Original post by UniOfLife)
    I was wondering how any form of socialism or progressive taxation could be reconciled with the principle of equality before the law. I'm not sure I got an answer to that question.
    Heres the Tory answer: It cant.
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    No. If you prescibe totaly to one you cant have the other. We think that equality is the one to allow redistrabution of wealth. That said we dont suppord redistrabution to the degree that the socialists do.
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    (Original post by DayneD89)
    No. If you prescibe totaly to one you cant have the other. We think that equality is the one to allow redistrabution of wealth. That said we dont suppord redistrabution to the degree that the socialists do.
    I think you meant "subscribe" :confused:

    But yes, your position would be that you do not support equality before the law.
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    (Original post by UniOfLife)
    I think you meant "subscribe" :confused:

    But yes, your position would be that you do not support equality before the law.
    No we hold equality highly, but not when it means damage to redistribution of wealth.
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    (Original post by DayneD89)
    No we hold equality highly, but not when it means damage to redistribution of wealth.
    Right. So you do not support equality before the law, or at least it's not that important for you.
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    (Original post by UniOfLife)
    Right. So you do not support equality before the law, or at least it's not that important for you.
    Its very important. Where it does not stop distribution of wealth, but rather enables every person to reach that wealth.
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