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It’s the *cost* of health care, not the extent of coverage

Posted by sanityinjection on September 15, 2008

Tubby sends along this Newsweek column by Robert Samuelson arguing that the priority in American health care should not be mandating universal coverage for all Americans, but rather reducing the cost of health care so that coverage is affordable for all Americans:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/157573

Samuelson points out that health insurance is a matter of the healthy subsidizing the sick and that there is a lot of inefficiency in the system that inflates costs for working people, while the poorest are covered by Medicaid. What he doesn’t mention is that tort reform legislation that limits punitive damages in malpractice suits would also have a big impact in bringing costs down.

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