13 January 2008

Ezra's vision of health care

Ezra Klein spells out his vision of the best health care system possible in this imperfect world:
... a substantially public health care system in which government provides a guarantee of basic services, heavily regulated private insurers fight to compete against the basic plan, and somewhat less regulated private insurers compete with a public insurer to provide supplementary coverage to those who can afford it (those who cannot would be subsidized into the public insurer). ... all this because ... the profit motive is largely pernicious in the delivery of heath care, but nevertheless ... fears ... "no exit," ... it's possible insurers will come up with good ideas that it's worth forcing government to adapt against .... folks should be able to spend as much money on health care as they please -- health care should have a floor, but not a ceiling.

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