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The standards that go into the fairness in financing measure include progressivity — i.e., whether the rich pay more into the health-care system (fair); whether some households incur catastrophic payments (unfair); and whether equivalent households make unequal health-care payments (unfair). Yet it’s questionable if such standards are really fair. For example, is it fair for two households with equivalent incomes to make equal payments if one household consumes more medical services?p>It’s pretty clear that such standards were designed to bias an outcome in favor of government-run health-care systems. The WHO report states that in health care, “government remains the prime mover,” and its “key role is one of oversight and trusteeship — to follow the advice of ‘row less and steer more.’” We further learn that markets ration health care br> /p>
by price, which means that who gets what goods and services depends not only on how much those goods and services are valued by people, but on who has the means to buy them. Priorities are not set by anyone but emerge from the play of the market. As indicated, this is almost the worst possible way to determine who gets which health services.br> Relying on the WHO report as sound research, as the New Republic did, is about as safe as a Renault Le Car in downtown Paris last fall.
Now that the left is promoting France, it is probably only a matter of time before it is discredited as an example of the ideal health-care system. Where, then, will the supporters of government-run health care turn to for a country with better health care than the U.S.? Well, they can always try Colombia, Morocco, Dominica or Costa Rica.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online