Michael Gerson: Think all government is inessential? Visit the CDC

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  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Oct. 12, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    Private business has had the last 50 years to eradicate polio if they had wanted to.

    The problem with the free market incentive is that you have NO incentive to cure what you have a treatment for. There's no money for your cure if nobody has the sickness.

    The philosophy that private profits are are only good motivation and only possible answer for everything has already been debunked. See your history books for plenty of examples.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Oct. 10, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    It is laughably naive to think the private sector would have an interest in operating something like the CDC. What's the business model? Where are the profits? Why on earth would any capitalist want anything to do with it?

    Oh, I forgot. The CDC isn't mentioned in the Constitution. Well, that's that.... sell it off. Any takers?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    So far, judging from the paper, the we can live without the EPA, NOAA, FDA, CDC, you name it. Everything except national parks, it seems. Of course, this is the sort of short sighted thinking that gets us into messes like we're in now in the first place. As for private industry being able to do what the CDC does, why would they? There's a lot more money in medicating an outbreak of something than there is in preventing or controlling it in the first place. The private sector, including health insurers, will never have the interests of humans first. Never.

  • stuff Provo, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    And, why can't private industry fill that very same role? I believe it can! Without the government!

    People will do things for a reward, whether it be financial, good-will, etc. Sometimes, people do things just because they want to help, to server, to lift others and improve their lives. Those opportunities are actually taken away by a government that tries to do everything for everyone. Much individual fulfillment and benefit is lost by this type of government program.

    So, this is not only in/unessential, it has a detrimental impact on on individual fulfillment and contribution.