Healthcare Reform: What About Free Riders?

One of the most potent objections to government-backed universal healthcare is the problem of free riders. John Smith said in 1608, “he that will not work shall not eat.” Getting something for nothing offends the American sense of fairness. But is this the right way to think about healthcare? Let’s look at free-rider claims and … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: What About Free Riders?

Fixing U.S. Healthcare Blog – One-Year Appraisal & Summary

Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog reached its one-year anniversary last month. That’s a good time to take stock. And it’s a good time to summarize this blog’s message - that U.S. healthcare spending far outpaces spending in other comparable OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development) countries, as shown in the masthead graphic, above, and needs to … Continue reading Fixing U.S. Healthcare Blog – One-Year Appraisal & Summary

“Single-payer healthcare is socialism!” – Why That’s Wrong & Wrongheaded

There are two technical reasons that the “socialism” claim is wrong:  First, single-payer does not mean government-single-owner.  Second, single-payer is best understood as a public-private hybrid, which is fundamentally different from socialism. This blog has avoided over-politicizing the healthcare reform debate.  It has, in fact, cautioned Americans to steer clear of inflammatory loaded words like … Continue reading “Single-payer healthcare is socialism!” – Why That’s Wrong & Wrongheaded