Politics and ideology stall health-care initiatives

I thought I’d comment on this Beaver County Times Editorial that decries “politics and ideology” for stopping health care initiatives like RendellCare. They are right, you know, ideology – i.e. the belief that RendellCare is bad medicine – stands in the way. How dare anyone think that free markets work better than socialized medicine. Damn you for your dissent.

To be fair, the editors do acknowledge that “there are definitely two sides to the health-care debate in Pennsylvania and the nation — whether it should be government-based or market-based” though their discussion of “major health-care initiatives” focuses solely on government based solutions, effectively ignoring market-based proposals.

The editorial also makes the typical blunder of claiming “everybody wants universal coverage.” Ladies and Gentlemen, the Anti-Universal Coverage Club (manifesto here).