Last night’s train-wreck debate reinforced my disdain for politicians.
But let’s ignore the immature theatrics from Trump and Biden and focus on one of their policy disagreements.
The two candidates squabbled over whether creating a government-administered health plan (see page 31 for a description of Biden’s so-called “public option“) would lead to the demise of the current system of employer-provided health insurance.
For what it’s worth, there are two big reasons why I’m not a fan of the current employer-based system.
- It is propped up by a huge distortion in the tax code known as the “healthcare exclusion.”
- It leads to over-insurance and therefore exacerbates our third-party payer problem.
That being said, I’m very aware of the fact that politicians are always capable of making things worse (the “lather-rinse-repeat cycle” of government failure).
So let’s consider this key question: Government intervention has made our…
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