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Free Liberal: Coordinating towards higher values

Free Liberal

Coordinating towards higher values

The Big “Single-Payer” Lie

by Paul Jacob

Scan the history of government programs. The scope and costs usually grow much larger than originally projected.

Moreover, ham-fisted government intervention distorts markets, causing shortages or excesses of supply, leading to high prices for goods that should be cheap, and so on.

When the problems pile up one can either repeal the controls or heap on more controls.

Guess which “solution” politicians tend to prefer.

Regarding medical care, the politicians’ answer to decades of government bungling is more bungling: regulation, subsidies, rationing, mandates and a new “public option” in health insurance to squeeze out private plans.

President Obama and other public option advocates promise, on stacks of Bibles, that this is not “somehow a Trojan horse for a single-payer system.”

But they’re lying. Go to YouTube. Watch the videos of Obama and congressmen explicitly admitting their goal of a single-payer system. Just two years ago, Obama was saying, “But I don’t think we’re gonna be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s gonna be potentially some transition process. . . .”

That’s how we lose our freedoms. Not all at once, but a slice at a time.

Oh, and about employer-provided medical insurance. That’s a clumsy institution that exists because of World War II wage controls. We do have to transition out of that system. But we should “transition” towards more freedom, not less.

Paul Jacob's "Common Sense" is published by the Citizens in Charge Foundation. Their website can be visited at

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Oddly, Federal Employees have the most freedom when picking insurance.

Single Payer is inevitable, even without a public option, as insurers will not be able to make their revenue targets if they can't exclude people or drop contracts when people get sick (which I consider fraud, since they took the premiums when the patients were healthy). This is why the insurers are fighting so hard not to get reform, using any means necessary to stop it.

Ending group insurance, however, will be a disaster, since individuals will have little choice or bargaining power against a very few suppliers. At least groups can begin to bargain. It would be better to end all insurance plans instead and allow hospitals to offer HMOs directly to their patients or to employers in their areas, while companies begin to employ doctors directly to treat their fellow employees and their families.

Liberty does not mean the freedom of insurance companies to prey on consumers.

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