The triumph of socialism

No, not really, but I certainly like this chart via Ezra:

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: markets are great, when they work.  Health insurance, not so much.  The socialized insurance of Medicaid/Medicare is simply more efficient.  But, here’s the thing, I think most liberals are actually quite pragmatic.  If you reversed the labels on these graphs, lots of liberals (certainly most all the bloggers I read) would favor the expansion of private insurance and certainly not single payer.  What we want is the outcome– the efficient provision of health care to as many people as possible (and the more efficient it is, the more doable that is).  Conservatives, meanwhile, almost universally insist that markets simply must be better, even when voluminous data suggests otherwise.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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