Friday, March 02, 2007

Americans Like Helping People - Mixed On Socialism

According to today's New York Times, a majority of Americans (even 46% of Republicans) want the government to ensure that every American has health insurance, even at the expense of higher taxes. But, according to the recent New York Times poll, Americans remain divided on the issue of forced participation in a national health care plan.

Fine. Good. Great. I just hope there is a serious discussion about costs before Congress does anything. And remember the real problem with "health insurance for all." For some people, not having health insurance is simply an economic trade off- coverage for the poor is fine, but what about the millions of non-poor who simply choose to forgo the expense of health coverage. If I make $40,000 a year as an independent contractor and decline to pay for health insurance in order to save money, should taxpayers have to support my health care costs?

2 Comments:

Blogger A Fan For All Seasons said...

I meant to post about this on the last health care discussion, but I'll just do it here because this is more recent. I'm not sure I understand what you mean by a true market when it comes to health care. What would the difference be to today's market?

12:48 PM  
Blogger QU 3L said...

We have a market for health care but we're a long way from having a functioning, efficient, free market. The most routine costs- prescription drugs, routine doctor vists- are obscured by a system in which people are seperated from these costs by employer provided health coverage, insurance policies, and government mandates.

Prices are a function of the market, reflecting the relationship between supply and demand. But under our current system, where people have little understanding of costs, the market does not function as efficiently.

9:14 PM  

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