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21 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 18 October 2007 02:08AM

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Comment author: bw2 18 October 2007 04:19:04AM 1 point [-]

People are not really able to see their actions as part of reality rather than some immaterial force or holy ghost that changes reality from the outside. But can you blame them? You need a mirror for that sort of trick. So they will simply deny that reality with their actions included may be very different, that if health care is free people will seek it even when it is not needed. The problem here is thinking people will act as if you have not acted.

Comment author: Raw_Power 18 September 2011 09:45:13PM *  4 points [-]

if health care is free people will seek it even when it is not needed

You have paid for your private insurance. Do you go to the doctor as much as you possibly could? When you are healthy, you have better things to do with your life, than travel the city from one appointment to the other.

Comment author: Jack 18 September 2011 10:28:42PM 3 points [-]

When you're healthy, sure. That is not the only time you don't need a doctor.