And Another Conservative Thinker Jumps Ship
Fareed Zakaria has never been a raging conservative but his views consistently hew right of center. Like most thinking conservatives, he is alarmed by the state of American conservatism (h/t Steve Benen).
But that history [of U.S. investments in science and technology] has been forgotten. When considering health care, for example, Republicans confidently assert that their ideas will lower costs, when we simply do not have much evidence for this. What we do know is that of the world’s richest countries, the U.S. has by far the greatest involvement of free markets and the private sector in health care. It also consumes the largest share of GDP, with no significant gains in health on any measurable outcome. We need more market mechanisms to cut medical costs, but Republicans don’t bother to study existing health care systems anywhere else in the world. They resemble the old Marxists, who refused to look around at actual experience. “I know it works in practice,” the old saw goes, “but does it work in theory?”
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