This Op-ed piece by Paul Krugman in the New York Times explains several varieties of approaches to health care provision and concludes that the proposals by the Democrats are closest not to the UK or Canada or France (all of which have more popular and more successful approaches than the US) but to Switzerland (which also is more popular and successful than the current US approach).
Monday, August 17, 2009
I have to admit that I had forgotten about the Swiss system (although I had heard about it). This is probably a good fit for the US. Like the US, Switzerland has a somewhat more conservative population than many industrialized countries. Like the US, Switzerland has a strong commitment to a free market political-economy. And like the US, Switzerland's political institutions are diffused and allow a wide range interest groups to block political changes - often resulting in policy approaches based on compromises between disparate ideological blocs.
In conclusion I believe that, if the Democrats can pull together and get this passed, they'll find the results safely popular.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 7:18 AM