Single-payer fanaticism

Joe Paduda writes about the zealots pushing a Medicare-for-all approach at Take Back America. He asks one unanswered question amongst all the cheerleading: can it control costs?

The level of anger and frustration expressed by attendees was palpable, and loud, and high. Unfortunately the level of misinformation and misunderstanding was equally high.

For example, no one asked about Medicare’s complete inability to control costs. The core issue in health care in the US is cost; Medicare’s solution to cost is a formula that reduces provider compensation when utilization increases. And it has failed miserably to control costs – when prices are reduced, utilization increases


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