Carol Platt Liebau: The Danger of "Universal Coverage"

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Danger of "Universal Coverage"

The "universal coverage" in health care sounds really good when the Democrat candidates bandy it about. But there's a real danger there, as Kent Masterson Brown points out today in National Review:

Among the dangers of universal coverage is that when the system fails, patients may find they no longer have freedom to spend their own money to get the medical care they need.

Years ago, the Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional to require all students to attend public schools. Perhaps it would likewise eventually be found unconstitutional to prevent people from going outside the "government system" for health care (or maybe not, if a Democrat's nominating the Supreme Court justices) -- but such a guarantee would be meaningless if economically clueless Democrat pols succeed in destroying the private health care market.


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