At last, a sensible approach to the health care crisis in the U.S.
City Journal has posted an article, “Mandates Are Not the Answer,” by David Gratzer, a physician, and Paul Howard, a medical editor, who understand the fix we need is not as simple as the presidential candidates propose.
Our health care system didn’t get where it is overnight; it has been evolving — or devolving — for decades. It is extremely complicated and tightly interwoven with the national economy. No single whack-a-mole mandate will fix either. As Gratzer and Howard explain, it will take a series of small changes, a tweak here, a nudge there, observing carefully the effect of each adjustment before moving on to the next.
It’s the butterfly effect, if you will. The slightest change to one element could cause a huge, unanticipated change in another element. We’d all love to think, and the politicians love to declare, that a single sledge-hammer blow will solve the problem. Wrong. A hammer blow will more likely crush, not fix, the system.
If our health care system and national economy seem too complicated to grasp, picture a classic game of Pick Up Sticks. This is the way we need to approach the problem.
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