Friday, January 20, 2006

Green/Libertarian health care model

Esteban offers a potential hybrid Green/Libertarian health care model that I find more appealing, and truer to the Green Key Values, than the official Green Party position.

First, we change national health care to municipal health care. There's not much of a case to be made that bureaucrats thousands of miles away could administer health care better than local folks. Indeed, that's Greens' argument against the HMO model.
Then change the ideas of profit-driven or government-run for a cooperative model, in which the hospital is privately owned by its members. Profit could be a factor in its administration, but could not override other considerations.

One major issue he doesn't address, beyond an unsupported "it would be affordable to all," is how to finance care for low-income patients.


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