Friday, June 17, 2005

Krugman versus reality on Medicare.

Paul Krugman makes clear the model of national health care he is lobbying for: Medicare!

I like Ted Kennedy's slogan "Medicare for all." It reminds voters that America already has a highly successful, popular single-payer program, albeit only for the elderly.
Well, we can agree on one thing -- Medicare is popular among recipients. Why wouldn't it be? Today's recipients get a benefit worth (literally) hundreds of thousands of dollars without having to pay for it. What's not going to be popular about that?

But is it really highly successful as a health care program -- as opposed to being merely politically successful?

By what measure do we judge its success? Where is the evidence of this success? Let's see... [Read more]