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Health Care Myth Busting
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, November 04, 2007

Greg Mankiw challenges the numbers behind three popular statements which proponents claim can be remedied by universal health care/insurance.

Most significant quote concerning insurance:
Any reform should carefully focus on this [uninsured] group to avoid disrupting the vast majority for whom the system is working. We do not nationalize an industry simply because a small percentage of the work force is unemployed. Similarly, we should be wary of sweeping reforms of our health system if they are motivated by the fact that a small percentage of the population is uninsured.
Wow ... common sense (although I still think the best reform of health insurance would be to move it out from under employers).
 
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The key to any health care reform is persuading the ’vast majority for whom the system is working’ that the proposed reform leaves them no worse off. And so far proponents of change, on both the left and right, have come up short, as for all of their complaining, most people figure they’d rather have things stay the same than to go with some of the proposals floating around, whether to move health insurance away from employers, provide more health insurance to the uninsured or allow more ala carte picking of health insurance options. They figure it is better to stick with the devil they know... The grass ain’t always greener on the other side... One in the hand is better than two in the bush...

This is why, for all the credit Hillary has gotten for improving and streamlining her presentation this time around, she’s still likely to come up short. She’s still thinking big, too big. People just aren’t going to buy into large changes. Small changes, fiddling around the edges, sure, but nothing big. And nationalizing health care, having the government get even more involved, that’s a big change, a really big change.
 
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