Heritage Foundation on Health Care
If we must make sure that someone has enough resources to afford a basic level of health care, then I agree government has a financial role. But beyond assuring that the basics are affordable, I find it hard to accept that government should tell me, my doctor, and my insurer exactly what benefits should be in my health plan--and what I must pay for.
This is not just a matter of freedom & constitutional principle. Once the government requires us to have specific benefits, lobbyists will move heaven and earth to make sure their clients' services and procedures get added to the must-buy list
It's preposterous to think that Congress could write one bill and suddenly manage an enterprise that constitutes fully one-sixth of the nation's economy. No wonder the administration is having such problems figuring out how to implement ObamaCare. They've already had to jettison an entire important section of the legislation, dealing with long-term care, because it was totally unworkable.
Figuring out the most efficient way to provide a service, according to the needs and preferences of individuals, is something the private sector does very well and the government does really poorly.
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