Universal Health Care — A Precursor

Hawaii recently adopted a health care program to provide guaranteed health for all children from birth to 18, who were not already covered by other insurance. Guess what happened.

Parents who could afford coverage began dropping their private plans and placing their children in the program. Gov. Linda Lingle’s office, seeing a sure disaster ahead, pulled the plug on the patient last week, citing “budget shortfalls.” There simply isn’t enough money in the state treasury to fund it.

Well, whaddaya know — guaranteed government sponsored health care is prohibitively expensive.

If it’s too expensive for a few thousand Hawaiian kids, wait until the federal government assumes responsibility for the health care of all 300 million of us. The government cannot possibly pay for it, so the only alternative will be to ration the care, i.e., the quality will go down.

Get a clue, people!

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