The Left’s Story on Health Care
Arnold Kling makes an interesting observation about the Left’s story on health care,
- The U.S. system is flawed.
- Other countries’ systems work much better.
- The U.S. system relies on the free market.
- There are two systems of health care in the developed world–ours, and the one every other country uses.
Like Arnold, I agree that number 1 is true. I think that number 2 is highly doubtful. For one thing health care financing schemes are unraveling everywhere. France? Yep, they are in trouble, they recently had protests over health care. England? They are instituting mandatory wait wait times for many patients that can go as long as 16 weeks. Canada? The health care system there is a financial black hole. Number three is an outright lie, and as a result so is number 4 especially when you consider that countries such as France, Canada and England all have different approaches to health care.
Now, one could argue that this is a strawman argument by Kling, but I’m not sure it is. But, in my view, the idea that the American health care system is flawed and can’t continue much longer isn’t so much an argument against markets, but is really more an argument that the government has done a pretty bad job.