A provocative piece over at the Great Orange Satan (that would be Daily Kos) titled "A Conservative Case for Universal Health Care."
Some key points:
- Government already controls about half of the health care market and it will get larger. Any hope of creating an efficient "free market" here is fantasy.
- Liberals need to hold their nose and concede a "relief valve" like there is in Great Britain, where people and companies can purchase insurance for health care "above the basics" and jump the queue to a private health care facility. Focus on getting the basics into a universal plan, and let the rich still get some benefit from being rich.
- ALL health care systems ration. The European systems ration the "middle procedures," those that are "important but not urgent," like knee replacements, and are also forced to look at cost-benefit on speculative treatments. The U.S. instead rations based on who your employer is. My conservatism says we need to look at cost-benefit on some rational basis.
- Most health care lawsuits are not about "malpractice." They are about fear of loss of future access to health care.