Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Catron on Medicare and "Single Payer"

At the American Spectator, David Catron reminds us that we already have a "single payer" system for a large portion of the US population in the form of Medicare.  And BTW, it's also one of the most dysfunctional parts of our current health system.

In particular, he notes that:
* The Medicare system is economically unsustainable
* More physicians are declining to accept Medicare patients
* The government tracks intimate personal and health information on Medicare patients
* "Medicare patients have worse outcomes than patients with private health care insurance"
For more details on why we shouldn't move towards a "Medicare-for-all" system, read the full text of his piece, "Single Payer: We’ve Been There, Done That".