What Health-Care Crisis?
The devil, we are often told, is in the details. When appraising public-policy proposals, look not at the broad caption—“gun control,” “reinventing government,” “deficit reduction”—but at the minutiae of the legislation aimed at achieving the unexceptionable goal. Therein will the true strengths, or weaknesses, of the proposed policy be revealed.
In accordance with this injunction, the debate over President Clinton’s proposals for reforming our health-care system has been dominated by “experts” and policy wonks who, like the President himself, are never so happy as when they are poring over statistics and the details of this or that new arrangement. The net effect has been to confine discussion to the comparative merits of the Clinton plan as against the single-payer option espoused by certain Democrats, or the four or five other rival reforms espoused by other Democrats or Republicans.
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