Social Media
National Center Presents
Category Archives

The official blog of the National Center for Public Policy Research, covering news, current events and public policy from a conservative, free-market and pro-Constitution perspective.

20 F Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 507-6398
Fax (301) 498-1301

Search
Monthly Archives
Twitter feeds
« Book: Medicare Harms Patients And Impairs Doctors | Main | Medicare's Unhappy 50th Anniversary »
Friday
Jul312015

Why ‘Medicare-for-All’ Is A Terrible Idea

Yesterday I had another article at The Federalist examining Robert Reich’s push for single-payer health care, a.k.a. “Medicare-for-All.”  This was one of the more enjoyable pieces I’ve written in a while, so here is an excerpt:

 

And what is Reich’s solution to [rising costs]? As he states at the beginning of the article, “Medicare offers a way to reduce these underlying costs—if Washington would let it.”

I can see it now: You are slapping your forehead, exclaiming, “If Washington would let it! Why didn’t I think of that?!”

Well, Washington won’t let Medicare make such changes because it is filled with groups such as hospital and physician associations that have a vested interest in keeping a cash cow like Medicare largely the way it is. Those vested interests don’t care for the competition that would arise if Medicare started changing what it paid for.

Plus, why Medicare’s lower administrative costs is a silly argument, erroneous health care comparisons, why the sickest people will suffer under such a scheme, and more.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend