Saturday, August 4, 2018

Medicare for All?

For your edification, an excellent letter, written to the New York Times, selected by the editors as a Times Pick:


HoustonAug. 3

Times Pick

It is very ironic that these social-Democratic ideas have become fashionable in the US almost a decade after they have entered the twilight in Europe. Germany has had a round of reduction of the welfare state, and so did Sweden - and those are some of the strongest European economies. France is trying unsuccessfully to do it for more than a decade, and Italy is stumbling on reform since the Cold War ended.

You want “Medicare for all” ? Stop using the Scandinavian countries as examples - those are small, ethnically and socially homogenous countries. Look at Italy - large, with mixed cultures and awful government-provided health care. You can’t get anything done unless you slip money under the table to the doctor.


Anonymous said...

Someone got something very wrong about Sweden. How could they have missed it?

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

I always love it when the education system in Finland (Suomi) is used as an example for America. It has 5.5 million people... in the whole country. So silly.