the humble libertarian

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Is Medicare A Workable Model For Reform?

Alan Markow at CAIVN seems to think so, with his article entitled "Medicare: if it works for seniors, it can work for all of America."

I wanted to share with you the comment that I left:

If it works for seniors, then it can work for the rest of us. But because it doesn't work for seniors, it is unlikely that it will work for the rest of us. Your personal anecdote is a great story to hear, but many seniors don't feel that the one-size-fits-all system is very responsive to their needs. More importantly, Medicare is insolvent. It represents a vast, unfunded liability that will soon bankrupt our government's finances and require more crippling taxation (which hurts workers) and runaway inflation (which hurts consumers). It's hardly the model for a successful health care reform.

Is it seriously so hard to pass a short, simple bill that prohibits the states from outlawing the purchase of insurance across state lines? Please, someone tell me that they agree, because I want to bang my head against a wall! Why aren't more people, pundits, and politicians talking about this? Could it be that they don't really want to improve health care or tame the insurance industry?