Universal health care doesn’t require a single-payer government monopoly

A recent article in the New York Times by Robert H. Frank makes a politically appealing case for why the United States should adopt a single-payer system. Unfortunately, the author makes a number of inaccurate (or at least, incomplete) observations that deserve correction.Specifically, the author’s assertion that “the entire country, can save money and improve services by embracing single-payer health care” is simplistic, misleading and may inadvertently lead to the unwise adoption of policies that have resulted in poorly functioning health-care systems elsewhere.To begin with, it’s important to underscore the fact that the pursuit of universal health insurance coverage in

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