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Nazi Health Care

Given the proliferation of mustachioed Obama signs in recent weeks, Michael Scott Moore thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at health care under Hitler.

It's true the Nazis had health care. They inherited the tradition from Bismarck, who set up the first national health system in the world (after unifying Germany in 1871).

But there was a difference between Nazi health care and the systems under the German Empire and the Weimar Republic. Hitler rearranged the system under a strict regime of central government control, so all insurance-scheme managers reported straight to Berlin. ... After the war, East Germany became a stifled and shuttered Communist nation with a mediocre state-run medical system. "West Germany," meanwhile, according to an assessment of the German health system from the Library of Congress, "moved away from Hitler's central state direction and returned to decentralized administration and control. Social insurance and social protection programs under labor and management control, which were characteristic of the Weimar period, were restored."

In other words, the true anti-Nazi health-care system would put the insurance industry under the control of the AFL-CIO.

By Ezra Klein  |  September 9, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
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Heh. If you don't think the unions already run a big part of health care in this country, wait till you see what they do to the Baucus plan.

Posted by: tomtildrum | September 9, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

How are unions running health care in this country? .

Posted by: obrier2 | September 9, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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