Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Is this the best we can do?

I think Joshua Claybourn has it mostly right in his criticisms of the Medicare policies of both presidential candidates. In a nutshell, Clayboure concludes: Bush is bad; Kerry is worse.

It’s admirable for an enlightened society to want to care for its young, its elderly, and its infirmed. It’s a noble goal. But it’s far from clear that we are taking the best approach. Is it a given that all good things must emanate from government? I’d like to think that such matters can be addressed through individual responsibility and charity, but perhaps I’m na├»ve. President Bush has promoted health savings accounts and support for faith-based initiatives. I have no idea if these ideas are an improvement over what we have now, but it seems time to give them a try. In the meantime, what's the objection to using means-testing to make sure our tax dollars are going only to those who really need the help?
[via Andrew Sullivan]

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