Friday, December 13, 2013

CNN Contributor Offers Passionate, Flawed Commentary

Written by Tara Pihn

Entitled The Healthcare Reality the Conservatives Ignore, Paul Waldman offers a zealous critique of Republicans and their health policy in a recent CNN opinion piece. 

He correctly points at that, with regard to the ACA, "...most Republicans are barely bothering to offer an alternative". 

He is further on point when he states:

"It wasn't government that gave us nearly 50 million uninsured Americans and denials for pre-existing conditions. It wasn't government that gave us the yearly and lifetime caps on insurance coverage that have sent so many people into bankruptcy when they've faced a serious illness or accident. It wasn't government that gave us 'rescissions', where your insurance company cancels your policy if you get sick."

However this piece is deeply flawed and probably didn't deserve to be published.  The author goes on to conclude that "It was the free market" that created our currently mediocre health system.  Even a cursory glance at the health industry in the US reveals that it is far from a "Free Market".  If it was, I have no doubt it would be brutally efficient. 

He goes on to fawn over Europe's various socialized and semi-socialized health systems.

So called "Health Policy Experts" need to have an understanding of the fundamentals of Economics. It also would be refreshing if a Progressive could suggest a uniquely American solution instead of simply imitating Europe, a region struggling under economic stagnation, stalled productivity, unfunded entitlements and burdensome national debts. 

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