Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cost vs. Coverage

Though I usually try and stay out of political commentary, this bit of analysis by Fareed Zakaria in the latest Newsweek struck me as a concise summary (so it doesn't address every point) of the health care debate.

There are two great health-care crises in America-one involving coverage and the other cost. The Obama plan appears to tackle the first but not the second. This is bad economics but also bad politics: the crisis of cost affects about 85 percent of Americans, while the crisis of coverage affects about 15 percent. Obama's message to the country appears to be "We have a dysfunctional health-care system with out-of-control costs, and let's add 45 million people to it."

1 comment:

Joshua Butcher said...

Why would Obama and the rest of the health care bill supporters want to fix the cost of health care? Once they makes sure everyone has to have it, they can then make sure everyone is dependent upon the government to pay for it for them, all more effectively enslaving us to the State through taxation and (yet another) life dependency.