Medical Insurance that Worked — Until Government “Fixed” It

22 July 2009 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in activism, economics | 2 Comments »

Originally posted by Darian Worden at Fr33 Agents Social (join now!):

Roderick Long wrote a great article on how mutual aid groups enabled low-income people to provide for each others’ health care needs until government shut the system down.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one of the primary sources of health care and health insurance for the working poor in Britain, Australia, and the United States was the fraternal society. Fraternal societies (called “friendly societies” in Britain and Australia) were voluntary mutual-aid associations.

How Government Solved the Health Care Crisis

The article was made into a neat .pdf pamphlet by Invisible Molotov.

If you don’t have the means to make the pamphlet yourself, New Jersey Alliance of the Libertarian Left would be happy to send you a bundle. We also have a large number of other radical libertarian fliers.

It would also be interesting if mutual aid groups could spring up again, possibly in the counter-economy, as a counterweight to the government-corporate bureaucratic mess.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Medical Insurance that Worked — Until Government “Fixed” It”

  2. By Gilligan on 23 July 2009

    Good find Mike.

    Government: “If it ain’t broke, fix it until it is.”

  3. By Gilligan on 23 July 2009

    Or in the words of Robert Lefevre:

    “Government is a disease that masquerades as its own cure.”

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