Friday, May 12, 2017

#193: Universal Healthcare

For the record, yes, the news article that Anarchist shares on his tablet is an actual article from an actual British newspaper. So yes, this level of inhumane rationing via government “death panel” is a sad reality of British single-payer healthcare, among many other problems such as poor clinic conditions, long wait times, and draconian cost-cutting measures. So no, I’m not impressed by single-payer systems such as the British NHS.

[Puts on Morpheus glasses.] But what if I told you that it was possible to administer universal healthcare without either a single-payer system or a public option? What if told you that the free market was capable of providing universal healthcare? Think that’s a libertarian utopian fantasy? Hardly. Both Switzerland and Singapore offer just that: universal market-based healthcare.

If our politicians were smart, rather than offering single-payer wet dreams or “repeal and no replace” schemes, they would be proposing free market reforms to have our current system better reflect the healthcare markets in both Switzerland and Singapore. Of course, our politicians are not smart, which is why we’re dealing with this healthcare debacle.