6-8-14 – A New Idea for Competition in Health Care

Posted by John McClaughry

On June 6 Katie Jickling of Vermont Digger authored a story on Sen. Sanders and the Veterans Administration hospital scandals. The story stimulated a number of critical comments, several from disaffected vets.

Sanderista activist John Greenberg was quick to rebut. To a comment asking “ what is wrong with paying for veterans’ care through the medical system the rest of us have?”, Greenberg replied “it [the private sector system] costs more and delivers worse results.”, citing patient satisfaction surveys.

To that I offered this: “ Here’s an idea. Let everybody eager for socialized medicine go to the VA, and let the veterans dying on the waiting lists get treatment from private doctors and hospitals. This would carry out Obama’s principle, put forward in his 9/9/09 address to Congress on health care, that ‘consumers do better when there is choice and competition.’”

So far, no takers.

- John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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