A Fiscally Conservative Argument for Universal Health Care

IVN News, March 4, 2016
by Craig Berlin

With problems ranging from millions uninsured to unsustainable liabilities, there are many obstacles to resolving the health care crisis. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) along partisan lines has been a savior for some and a nightmare for others, generally indicating that it’s less than ideal.

The United States is one of the few developed countries that doesn’t offer some sort of universal health care and yet, even discussing such a system generates partisan bickering.

The debate is not new. Serious proposals for national health insurance or an individual mandate date back to the Nixon administration with some curious twists and turns.

A far cry from a simple mandate, Obamacare has generated a great deal of controversy and doesn’t provide universal coverage; in fact, it’s clear there are winners and losers.

As an aside, I am one of many people who has seen his private coverage skyrocket in price followed by cancellation and ultimately been left with a choice of only grossly overpriced or lousy coverage.