Friday, January 17, 2014

A 'conservative case' for universal health care?

It's starting. Obamacare's problems are getting so bad that at least one self-described conservative is advocating for universal health care.

Avik Roy writes at the National Review Online:
There’s been a lot of talk on the right about the importance of having a policy agenda that addresses the challenges of poverty and economic mobility. A neglected aspect of that discussion, however, is the degree to which access to health coverage is a part of the problem facing lower-income and middle-class Americans today. Medicaid is a basketcase of a program that leaves poor people no healthier than they were before — though it spends trillions on their behalf. And, thanks to Obamacare, one of the biggest economic challenges facing the middle class — the rising cost of health insurance — is getting significantly worse.

While “repealing and replacing” Obamacare is one way to address this problem, its political viability in 2017 — when tens of millions of Americans will be on Obamacare-sponsored coverage — is far from guaranteed. What will repealers-and-replacers say to Americans who like their Obamacare plans, and want to keep them?

The good news is there is an alternative approach, one that would achieve similar – if not better – fiscal results to repeal-and-replace, but with less disruption to existing coverage arrangements. I’ve discussed that approach previously in these pages, and I have a new article discussing the idea today in the Washington Examiner.

In today’s piece, I argue that no Republican health-reform plan will get anywhere until Republicans come to agree that it’s a legitimate goal of public policy to ensure that all Americans have access to quality health care, just as we agree that all Americans should have access to a quality education[.]
Really? Really? You call Medicaid a "basketcase" and yet you would impose it on the entire country? And you'd compare that system to public education, which is, to borrow a phrase, a shredded mess. If I had kids, I wouldn't send them anywhere near a government school, for reasons I've already discussed. And now you want to build a health care system I wouldn't want to send my loved ones to?

Interestingly, if you look at the comments, he isn't getting many takers. But you wait. Insurance under Obamacare will get so unaffordable that the hue and cry for taxpayer-funded care will reach a crescendo just as Hillary is taking office -- and that was the plan all along.

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