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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Free Stuff!


The Obama administration will forbid health insurance companies from charging policy holders to cover screenings and other preventive services. They must be free of all charges. “The rules will eliminate co-payments, deductibles and other charges for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol tests; many cancer screenings; routine vaccinations; prenatal care; and regular wellness visits for infants and children,” the New York Times reports.

When did nature begin providing those services? How dare anyone charge us for what apparently is freely available in the wild?

By the way, if you’re thinking that the provision of those services, unlike many diseases, results from choices people make and therefore are not actually insurable events, that just proves you are a misanthrope who wants people to die.


  • Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families and thousands of articles.