A good article on Universal Healthcare, and his problems with Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan:
The root of the problem is that few people face the true cost of medical care. Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries don’t because taxpayers pay their bills. People with employer-based medical insurance don’t because insurance policies shield them from it. Since they pay only small co-pays when they see a doctor, they don’t ask, “Do I really need that test?” but rather, “Does my insurance cover it?”
People who don’t face the full cost of their choices don’t act like cost-conscious consumers. Higher prices result.
With a rational government policy, people would save money for routine medical care and buy insurance for solvency-threatening illness. After all, we don’t buy auto insurance to pay for oil changes and worn-out windshield-wiper blades. But today, people expect medical insurance to cover routine physical exams because someone else seems to pay the premiums.
All this hurts people who buy their own insurance or don’t have it. …
More government isn’t the answer.