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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Anti-Universal Coverage Club

Cato's Michael Cannon has launced the Anti-Universal Coverage Club, which questions the dogmatic mantra of "universal" health insurance. The guiding principles of the Anti-Universal Coverage Club are:

    1. Health policy should focus on making health care of ever-increasing quality available to an ever-increasing number of people.
    2. To achieve “universal coverage” would require either having the government provide health insurance to everyone or forcing everyone to buy it. Government provision is undesirable, because government does a poor job of improving quality or efficiency. Forcing people to get insurance would lead to a worse health-care system for everyone, because it would necessitate so much more government intervention.
    3. In a free country, people should have the right to refuse health insurance.
    4. If governments must subsidize those who cannot afford medical care, they should be free to experiment with different types of subsidies (cash, vouchers, insurance, public clinics & hospitals, uncompensated care payments, etc.) and tax exemptions, rather than be forced by a policy of “universal coverage” to subsidize people via “insurance.
Even Jesus, Moses and Muhammad would agree with that. I'm just kidding, I know they support the Rendell plan.

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