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
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.