LTC Bullet: New CLTCF Speech: "Insurance: Private vs. Social"

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

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LTC BULLET: NEW CLTCF SPEECH: "INSURANCE: PRIVATE VS. SOCIAL"

We often receive requests from LTC professionals for speech ideas and outlines. The Center for Long-Term Care Financing occasionally publishes transcripts of speeches delivered by Center staff. You can find a selection of these speeches, a total of seven including the latest, by scrolling down to "Read a Collection of the Center's Speeches" on our home page (http://www.centerltc.org/) or go directly to: http://www.centerltc.com/speakers/center_speeches.htm. We hope these transcripts are helpful to our readers who have the opportunity to talk on long-term care or insurance before a live audience. When you do, please tell your audiences about the Center for Long-Term Care Financing, send them to http://www.centerltc.org/, and encourage them to subscribe to LTC Bullets.

The new speech we've just posted is titled "Insurance: Private vs. Social." Center President Stephen Moses delivered this talk on July 5, 2002 at The Objectivist Center's (TOC's) 2002 Summer Seminar in Los Angeles, California. (For information on TOC, go to http://www.theobjectivistcenter.com/.) The transcript of this speech has been modified slightly to remove content unique to that audience. What follows is an abstract and outline for the speech. The full text is at: http://www.centerltc.com/speakers/insurance.htm. Please direct comments or questions directly to mailto:smoses@centerltc.org.

Abstract of "Insurance: Private vs. Social":

Life is full of uncertainties. Usually, that's a good thing. Who doesn't like a pleasant surprise? But some uncertain events are very bad indeed. Heart attacks, auto accidents, and house fires come to mind. Although unpredictable individually, life's terrible shocks are thankfully rare and highly predictable collectively. We cannot eliminate risk, but we can mitigate its impact on our lives. Insurance prices, transfers, and softens risk so we can relax and enjoy life. It replaces the small risk of a catastrophic financial loss with the certainty of an affordable payment or premium. Unfortunately, however, the many benefits of insurance are highly susceptible to corruption and destruction by public officials with altruistic, but counterproductive motives. This talk will explain how private insurance empowers individuals to protect themselves and how you can recognize and resist the damaging trends of community rating, welfarization and "social insurance."

Outline

I. WHAT IS INSURANCE AND WHY DO WE NEED IT?

     Key principles and terms

     Mitigating life's uncertainties

     Early warning system on risky behavior

II. WHY AND HOW IS INSURANCE CORRUPTED?

     Does insurance blame the victim?

     "Improving" on the market

     From each according to his ability to each according to his need

III. REGULATION, WELFARIZATION AND SOCIAL INSURANCE

     Prior approval and restrictions on risk classification

     Insurance as welfare

     Welfare as insurance

IV. PRIVATE INSURANCE: THE PRACTICAL TOOL

     Private insurance is objective, voluntary, individualist

     Social insurance is subjective, compulsory, and collectivist

     How insurance contributes to a happy, productive life