Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Universal Headache: Hillary's Health Care

...Clinton would require that all employers offer coverage, that all residents buy it, and that Washington dictate its price and content. She would levy higher income taxes on the wealthy, and hidden taxes on everyone.

She would open Medicare to the near-elderly, the State Children's Health Insurance Program to nearly all children, and the Federal Employees' Health Benefits Plan to nearly everyone. Should anyone be left behind, she would turn the private sector into a de facto government program.

Clinton still equates reform with less freedom. The freedom to choose whether to purchase health insurance? Gone. The freedom to purchase the insurance you want? Gone. The freedom to run a competitive business? To hold on to your earnings? To make your own health care decisions? Gone, gone, gone....

(From Michael Cannon's article, "Dr. Hillary Will See You Now," available in full at this Cato Institute page.)