The debate over whether America ought to have single-payer health care might as well be over. The new fight will center on what single-payer means.

Pretty much everyone agrees that we all deserve access to health care, even those like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who think that calling it a “right” is somehow an endorsement of slavery. Likewise, there is a broad consensus that the current public-private hybrid system of mandates, exchanges, networks, deductibles, premiums, co-pays, and HSAs is an expensive, unsustainable, psychologically and spiritually enervating farce. Some on the right have suggested that the real solution is to “get government out of health care,” a content-free phrase that, except in rare cases, never actually means getting rid of Medicare, a proposal with no support outside the readership of Mises.org. Who knows? Maybe it would be possible to abolish government health care and still care for 320 million people via cash payments and private charity. Maybe Disney is going to release the unaltered theatrical Star Wars trilogy on Blu-Ray. Both of these things could happen, but the former won’t. Get over it.

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Source:: The Week – Politics

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