Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hsieh LIJ OpEd: Socialized Medicine in Theory and Practice

The March 2011 issue of Liberty Ink Journal has just published my latest OpEd, "Socialized Medicine: Theory Versus Practice".

Here is the opening:
An old joke runs, "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." Nowhere is the gulf between theory and practice more clear than in socialized medical systems around the world. Why is this the case, and what can Americans learn from this?

Advocates of government-run "universal" healthcare claim that it provides patients with the medical care they need in a timely, efficient fashion, without concern for ability to pay. However, a closer examination of these supposed utopias of government-run healthcare in Canada and Europe reveals the exact opposite...
(Read the full text of "Socialized Medicine: Theory Versus Practice".)

I'd again like to thank Stephanie Anderson (editor-in-chief) and Tobin Spratte (managing editor) for the opportunity to appear in LIJ. Liberty Ink Journal is a Colorado-based publication that has as its goal, "to restore the Republic to a constitutionally limited government that protects rather than infringes upon our rights".

They also published my piece, "What Kind of Healthcare Competition Do We Want?", in their February 2011 issue.

Update: Thank you, Charlie Martin, for the PajamasMedia link!

And thank you, Glenn Reynolds, for the Instapundit link!