Seen in the Comments–Vizzini Edition
In this post of mine on Efficiency and Administrative costs frequent commenter Michael Reynolds wrote,
How about we take the French system plus 20%? Hell, France plus 50% would represent a staggering windfall for us. In fact, we could buy France with the savings.
I don’t think that word (windfall) means what you think it means. That the French and their health care system are heading towards the same cliff we are, just not as fast, is not what I’d call a windfall. It is arguably a reasonable first step in health care reform, but it is not the end solution. And since we’d still have a health care problem even if we implemented the French system plus 0%, no we couldn’t buy France. The problem isn’t so much that we are spending too much right now, but that the rate of growth of health care costs is unsustainable. Switching to the French system might help that problem, it might put off the day at which things get really bad, but it isn’t a permanent fix.