There’s been much to do here and thereabouts on the subject of mandated universal coverage, with a good bit of the “do” pretty negative. Universal coverage has raised the ire of several pundits, one of whom has gone so far as to set up his own club of anti-universal care people (secret handshakes, coded messages, and masks supplied at induction).
Why is universal coverage so bad? Here, culled from the speeches, monographs, and policy papers are the consensus top ten reasons.
I’ll explore each of them in turn this week.
1. We can’t afford it.
2. People aren’t insured because they choose not to be.
3. UC won’t help solve the health care crisis.
4. UC will give the government too much power.
5. UC is a devastating blow to personal liberty.
6. A mandate is not necessary as the free market will solve the problem.
7. If you give more people health insurance, they’ll use it, which will cause costs to increase. (the moral hazard argument)
8. It will drive up costs, which will inevitably lead to forced rationing.
9. It’s just a replacement for a failed Medicaid/Medicare system that should be covering those folks without employer-based insurance. Once we fix the ‘M’ programs we’ll be fine.
10. It’s socialist. And that’s bad.