February 27, 2018

Jim Babka’s Post-Statist Review

In this episode, Jim and co-host Howard take on some topics near and dear to the heart of millions of Americans. Check out Jim’s organization at http://www.downsizedc.org

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SHOW NOTES:

1:50 – We call the show Post-Statist. What is Post-Statism?

6:46 – You can read the Post-Statist Mental Lever

8:12 – Obama’s broken promise, “You’ll get to keep your doctor…”

18:29 – Why are private practice General Practitioners going away?

22:00 – Proposals that escape third-party payment systems and empower you, the patient…

28:45 – State-Run welfare is inefficient

33:18 – UCCA (Universal Charitable Credit Act)
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    John H
    Posted February 27, 2018 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Where can I download this? I’d like to listen to while on the go (without mobile data). For some reason, downloading from SoundCloud is disabled. I don’t have the freedom to save it and listen to it with the software that I prefer 🙁


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      John H
      Posted February 27, 2018 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      I was able to download it with the great utility youtube-dl. It would still be nice if the download button was enabled.


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      Jim Babka
      Posted February 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      John, We’re glad you were able to download the audio. If you are an iPhone user, you can use the Apple Podcasts link above to subscribe to our show, which will download the latest episode when released. If you are an Android user, you can use the Stitcher link. There you can add us to your favorites and Stitcher will download the latest episode when available. Stay tuned for an update on our listing request with Google Play Music.


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        John H
        Posted February 27, 2018 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

        I’m neither, I’m a Linux user. Other operating systems restrict your freedom too much. Here are instructions for enabling downloads on your SoundCloud account: https://help.soundcloud.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003565708-Enabling-downloads-for-your-track

        I’m just at the end of this, and the whole doctor thing threw me for a loop. Maybe I missed something here, but how does voluntaryism or libertarianism prevent your doctor from retiring? I agree that Obamacare was bad and that modern big healthcare sucks (I suffer through the bureaucracy as well), but I can’t help but think that large corporate healthcare is the free market at work. They’ve organized like this for a reason; either consumers prefer it or it makes them more money. Before Obamacare, you’d have to deal with the same soulless conglomerates. The way I see it, you were a patron to a small business that you liked, the small business sold out to a large business that you didn’t like, and then you were free to give your business to a different organization. Yes, the government forces you to get coverage and that sucks, but they don’t mandate who you have to get it from.


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          Howard Salter
          Posted February 28, 2018 at 5:30 am | Permalink

          John,

          I believe the implication was that Jim’s doctor quit his private practice because of the new limitations and regulations that Obamacare introduced. It would be interesting to see if we could get Jim’s previous doctor to join us on the show and talk about this from his perspective. I’d like to know why he chose that moment to retire.


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          Jim Babka
          Posted February 28, 2018 at 8:59 am | Permalink

          My Doc, 2014, did quit as a result of Obamacare. Our records were moved outside of the practice we knew.

          But the conglomerates are NOT a free market outcome. They’re driven by a host of factors, but mostly by the third-party payment system, which exists because of state involvement in healthcare. I had to make choices, in telling the story. One of those choices was to leave out an entire talk on the history of healthcare in the U.S. Maybe I’ll take that up in a future episode.

          Thanks for listening.


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            John H
            Posted February 28, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

            Thanks for the response, enlightening as always.


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    christopher scallio
    Posted March 13, 2018 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Awsome!


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      Jim Babka
      Posted March 14, 2018 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      Thanks Christopher.


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    Terry Hulsey
    Posted August 17, 2018 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Here’s the clincher for ABANDONING your use of the term “Voluntaryism”:
    A key principle of “Voluntaryism” is NON-PARTICIPATION, NON-VOTING, NON-ENGAGEMENT in the current political system – it is in my view an attempt to turn sloth into virtue-signalling.
    DownsizeDC is the very opposite of slothful disengagement.
    DROP THIS MISLEADING, NOXIOUS TERM.


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      Jim Babka
      Posted August 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      Terry, I believe we’ve addressed this before. There’s NOTHING about voluntaryism that requires it to be non-engagement or non-voting. We covered this in our Mental Lever, and in dialogue, with you, to follow. See here: https://www.zeroaggressionproject.org/mental-lever/voluntaryist/

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