Monday, March 10, 2008

Making health care more expensive

The House has passed the Mental Health Equity Act, which would require health insurance plans to cover mental health equally with physical health. To object to this is not to deny that mental problems can be a serious and sometimes can be treated (though it's worth consulting Thomas Szasz on such matters), but that this is yet another mandate designed to create gold-plated insurance plans. In the real world, the only way health insurance will be affordable to people who aren't affuent is if they allow companies to offer Kias as well as Rolls Royces. Here's the Register's editorial on the topic. You can be sure that if the government were ever to take over health care that it would be rationed, and not everybody would be happy with the formulas.

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