An audacious take on health care reform. Fox News interviews National Review's Jerry Bowyer: "I think the terrorists have shown over and over again"¦they're very good at gaming the system with bureaucracies."

It's much easier to push reform through in other countries:

Rosoff notes that in countries like France, where the political system includes strong executive power, public debate is less of a factor. In a sense, the democratic nature of the political process in the U.S. is a major impediment to the launching of major reforms. "It takes a lot of hot air to blow up a balloon," he says, ...

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Reading some Sicko comments over at Matthew Holt's:

One other point that should be noted, all of those nations that have universal health care sacrifice other areas that receive little or no attention. For example, Canadian [sic] could not fight off the invasion of a blind army because it has woefully underfunded its national defense, relying instead upon the good old United States for its national defense. Its medical care ...

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Sicko: Box office analysis

Sicko debuted in 9th place, grossing $4.5 million in 441 screens over the weekend. Can you correlate these numbers to America's appetite for health care reform? David Hogberg tries to.

It is unlikely that will ever happen:

Even more important, in no other country in the world are interest groups so powerful as in the U.S. If a bill for universal health care were to be introduced in Congress in 2009, we can expect the same kind of fatal onslaught on it by insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, small and large businesses, doctors and hospitals as happened in 1993 when Bill ...

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Yes, it sounds good. But, be careful what you wish for:

Furthermore, establishing a Health Insurance floor, as any UHC system must inevitably do, will encourage suppliers of Tier 1A care to edge toward Tier 3 care (since Tier 2 will be slowly disappearing.) Since Tier 1 and 1A effectively support the bulk of innovation in Medicine, this movement will further constrict the moneys available for difficult ...

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Is government-run health care a step backwards?

It's not simply that Mr. Moore is wrong. His grand tour of public health care systems misses the big story: While he prescribes socialism, market-oriented reforms are percolating in cities from Stockholm to Saskatoon . . .

. . . It's compelling material -- I know because, born and raised in Canada, I used to believe in government-run health care. Then ...

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The New Yorker on Sicko

It calls the film "almost superfluous":

After the early tales of the system's failure, "Sicko" becomes feeble, even inane. A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans not only favor a national health service but are willing to pay higher taxes for it. In that case, wouldn't it have made sense for Moore to find out what features of universal care in other countries could be adapted to ...

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Implementing universal health care without cost controls is a recipe for disaster:

What can be done? The Swiss are still trying to figure that out. But Dreifuss said more managed care is one possibility, as well as setting up a government system to pay for the largest healthcare costs. The latter suggestion, called reinsurance, has also been floated here, but rejected so far on both sides of the ocean.
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Sicko and the Democrats

Michael Moore's naive push for a single-payer system is making top Democrats uncomfortable:

Stoking the passions of rank-and-file Democrats for a government takeover of the healthcare system amounts to political folly, respond some liberal veterans of Washington's healthcare battles.

"To presume that the private sector is going to sit idly by to see the destruction of private coverage I think is a misreading of reality," said Ron Pollack of ...

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