Monday, December 7, 2009

Samuelson on "Health Care Nation"

The Anti-Krugman strikes again. Key graphs:

"Obama's health-care proposals may be undesirable (they are), but it's mindless to oppose them -- as many Republicans do -- by screaming that they'll lead to "rationing." Almost everything in society is "rationed," either by price (if you can't afford it, you can't buy it) or explicit political decisions (school boards have budgets). Health care is an exception; it enjoys an open tab. The central political problem of health-care nation is to find effective and acceptable ways to limit medical spending.

Democrats are no better. Obama talks hypocritically about restraining deficits and controlling health costs while his program would increase spending and worsen the budget outlook. Democrats congratulate themselves on caring for the uninsured -- who already receive much care -- while avoiding any major overhaul of the delivery system. The resulting society discriminates against the young and increasingly assigns economic resources and political choice to an unrestrained medical-industrial complex."

1 comment:

"The Hammer" said...

Of course health care is rationed. Every good is rationed. What the Dems propose is that they control the rationing rather than the marketplace. Of course they exempt themselves from the scheme. They're evil, not crazy. Or as one of 'em once said, to paraphrase, hey we're socialists, not Christians!

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