How many children would have died of exposure if we didn't have Slavery? According to your logic, we wouldn't be able to cloth and feed ourselves without resorting to the whip. Oh, and apparently we couldn't organize a private means of tracking disease. You know, because there's no incentive for free people to voluntarily track disease. No no no, without the whip we'd all die of starvation shivering in our filth. NPR: Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks Maybe the CDC has saved 'millions' of children lives, or maybe they have cost millions of children's lives. Just look at the mess FEMA made in the aftermath of Katrina. I private organization would have gone bankrupt. At FEMA you get a promotion and budgetary increase with expanded powers that erode civil liberties. Or look at the bloated mess that is the TSA. Or look at the utter incompetence and cronyism that is the Pentagon. Or don't. It doesn't matter.