Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I do not have a direct experience indeed (save for TV adds perhaps). But my impression is terrifying for a long time, and I can imagine, it gets ever drearier.

Medical service as rent extraction? Sure, whenever a human need is turned into hostage taking. One advantage of public government as an exclusive (or dominant) rentier is that its price is set (by reasonable governments) closer to actual costs rather than the rip value. Which actually can facilitate service exchange better than the free markets as we know them.

by das monde on Sun Jan 22nd, 2012 at 11:22:15 PM EST
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