Health Care Rationing – Megan McArdle

Rationing By Any Other Name – Megan McArdle

Good article about health care, but the quote that I liked addressed the amount of stupid logic floating around unchallenged:

This is one of the things that most puzzles me about the health care debate:  statements that would strike almost anyone as stupid in the context of any other good suddenly become dazzling insights when they’re applied to hip replacements and otitis media.

I just don’t get how ridiculous arguments are put forth and everybody gets stupid when it comes to simple logic. McArdle makes the above statement after tearing apart the suggestion that government rationing is no different than what we already have:

Robert Wright notes that “we already ration health care; we just let the market do the rationing.”  This is a true point made by the proponents of health care reform.  But I’m not sure why it’s supposed to be so interesting.  You could make this statement about any good:

“We already ration food; we just let the market do the rationing.”
“We already ration gasoline; we just let the market do the rationing.”
“We already ration cigarettes; we just let the market do the rationing.”

Simple logic not only eludes the experts on the Left but it simply never gets challenged by the MSM.

Here’s another stupid argument:

Government needs to control the health care market because it’s not competitive enough.

If that were true then I wouldn’t have changed health plans five times in the past decade because every other year my company shuffled the plans. And I understand the reason for this was to save money as health care costs increased. But to say the market isn’t competitive and somehow government intervention is going to make it more so is willfully ignoring reality. There IS competition… the likely reason for rising costs can be found in over regulation and/or under prosecution of meaningful violations.


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