Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Doing for health care what the public schools have done for education

This is a great analogy from an editorial by William McGurn at Opinion Journal:

“Think of public education,” says James Capretta, a health-care expert at the Washington-based Ethics and Public Policy Center. “They want to do for health care what they’ve done for education—establish a government-run, universal system. Once in place, they will defend such a system whether or not it delivers the results it promised.”

Everyone who is honest admits that the public school system is broken. It doesn’t do what it is advertised to do, it is incredibly expensive and wasteful, it is above reproach and because of entrenched interests it is virtually un-reformable. Health care will be the same way. With what is essentially a blank check, special interests will be tripping over themselves grabbing a piece of the pie and once they get some, they will fight like the dickens to keep it from being taken away. Like public education, we are going to end up with a completely unaccountable system that is immune to reform or change, and the sinkhole for public funds that the schools have become will be nothing compared to the drain on resources government funded health care will turn into.

What sort of insanity assumes that an inherently inefficient entity can give us a more efficient delivery of health care?
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