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Bismarck and Healthcare Insurance: DeLong and DeShort of It

The world’s 1st national health insurance system served the health of the state
Brad DeLong at The Health Care blog makes these assertions:
  • Bismarck created the world’s first national health insurance system 130 years ago because he wanted to make the German people healthier.
  • The rationale for national health insurance in the U.S. today is the same as it was for Bismarck.
  • People can’t pay for expensive care without health insurance and without health insurance they can’t get health care.
  • “So, unless we adopt the view that those without ample savings who fall seriously ill should quickly die (and so decrease the surplus population), a country with national health insurance will be a wealthier and more successful country.”
Hmm. It’s hard to know where to start.

[Cross-posted at John Goodman's Health Policy Blog]

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John C. Goodman, Ph.D. is Research Fellow at The Independent Institute; President in National Center for Policy Analysis, & author of Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis.


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