The fatal attraction of single-payer

Advocates for a single-payer health care system address legitimate concerns for the shortcomings of our prevailing system.  They philosophically believe that a free market has limitations, especially in an area of such individual and social importance as our health care system.  They also believe that single-payer systems abroad with vastly different dynamics have admirable results that we can emulate by adopting their more evolved solution. Reform is seductive.  It is like the curvy woman with the soft voice you met at the bar.  The next thing you know, you have a boiled bunny in your kitchen.  The faults of the status quo are always clear, even when the causes of these faults are not.  The successes of reform are promising but unconfirmed.  It is the choice between the chemo that has been used for decades with a 30% chance of success and the new discovery with great hype but little empirical data. The status quo is entombed in dozens of...(Read Full Post)