Tuesday, February 26, 2008

More (or less?) on individual mandates

In response to a piece by Jules Witcover:

Posted By: The Wise Bard on Saturday, February 23, 2008

I prefer Hillary's version of a universal health plan that would mandate coverage for both children and adults, to Obama's position, at least for the initial stage, to hold back on an adult mandate (which I think will become necessary and inevitable if the core policy wins legislative adoption). But the irony of Hillary's invocation of Social Security and Medicare to support her position is that both are, essentially, single payer systems, and many of their benefits (including very low-cost and reasonably efficient administrative systems) depend upon that. Their universality is in large part responsible for their widespread political support and relative untouchability.

Hillary fiercely resisted single payer in 1993-94, and again in this campaign. I am disappointed that Obama (whom I greatly admire and support) was not more ready to go in that direction.--The Wise Bard

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