Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, February 27, 2004 6:00 pm

Tipping point?

Filed under: Odds 'n' ends — Lex @ 6:00 pm

Kevin Drum, a/k/a “Calpundit,” has an interesting prediction regarding health care: The more businesses resist providing health-care benefits, the greater will grow pressure upon the government to do it for them.

Conservatives love to extol the virtues of an unregulated free market and castigate unions for interfering with it. But as unions lose influence, the unrestrained free market is slowly but inexorably reducing health benefits for workers beyond what they’ll tolerate. And in the end that’s going to eliminate the free market’s role in healthcare entirely. Ironic, isn’t it?

Yeah, although I’m not sure it’s inevitable, as Kevin seems to think. The scenario he outlines is plausible, granted, but so are others: To avoid “socialized medicine,” government begins setting certain health-care benefit floors for employers above a certain size, say, or other countries begin using free or cheap health care as bait to lure away some of our talent.

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