Obamacare heads for the rocks

Cut-backs needed to address the mess left by Gordon Brown provide a rationale for dismantling the UK’s monolithic, bureaucratic monster of a health service

Yet Obama has appointed to head up his public healthcare programmes a man who professes a passion for some of the most discredited features of the UK system

Dr Donald Berwick will effectively be in charge of Obamacare but he seems blind to the inevitable consequences of state-sponsored health care.   

With demand for care and the scope of medical innovation virtually infinite, a tax-funded health system must involve rationing and the denial of cutting-edge treatments.

As was amply demonstrated in communist economies, socialized medicine – like socialized anything – creates shortages where they need not exist.

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