I use the word “genuine” to mean reform that isn’t, like Obamacare, a fiscally unsustainable expansion of already-crumbling programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.

A good example of genuine reform would be the Patient’s Choice Act proposed by Tom Coburn, Richard Burr, et al. It is a sensible, free-market alternative that would empower patients and their doctors.

And why doesn’t the Patient’s Choice Act have a snowball’s chance? Because large numbers of Americans actually believe they can get health care without paying for it. Per Rasmussen

Forty-two percent (42%) of Americans say every one in the United States should have free health care. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% disagree.

Free health care? OK. Let’s try to put this in terms that even a cocktail-party progressive can understand: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “FREE” HEALTH CARE.

The Rasmussen poll demonstrates, once again, why no one ever went broke (or lost a presidential election) by underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Comments 3

  1. Dr. Grumpy wrote:

    Agree. Healthcare (or anything) that is free has to be paid for somewhere along the line.

    The trick is to make the payments invisible. If it’s coming out of your paycheck under withholding, it won’t be free.

    But, if the same amount is lumped in with your federal withholding, and goes to pay insurance, people will think healthcare is free. After all, it doesn’t specifically say on the paycheck where the money is going.

    Posted 24 May 2009 at 9:50 pm
  2. Seamus Muldoon MD wrote:

    …42% of Americans believe everyone in the United States should have free healthcare…AND a pony!!

    Posted 03 Jun 2009 at 8:44 am
  3. spike wrote:

    I was wondering if you’d had a chance to read Atul Gawande’s profile of healthcare in McAllen. Seems like McAllen is the logical extension of free-market healthcare. What are your thoughts?

    Posted 04 Jun 2009 at 10:43 am

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