Monday, February 27, 2017

Speaking of 50 state laboratories

Regular readers know that we've always been major cheerleaders for the state laboratory idea. That is, that each state should be free to experiment with whichever healthcare model it deems appropriate. Being the precursor to ObamaCare, Massachusetts of course comes immediately to mind. But we also note that both Colorado and Vermont have tried their hands at the universal or single payer model, with "rousing" success (for certain values of "success"):

"In 2007, Connecticut shut down its state single-payer project because it would have cost more than the entire state budget."

And a few years later, The Green Mountain State followed suit (even after hiring noted health care rocket surgeon Herr J Gruber).

Now, California's toying with implementing its own version:

"With President Trump now vowing to put forward a replacement for the Affordable Care Act in March, some California politicians and healthcare advocates are once again promoting the idea of a staterun “single-payer” system"

And that's just one of a handful of ideas (including a so-called "public option" and a MasssCare lookalike). Now one may look at The Golden State's current finances and shake one's head in disbelief, but I repeat my call for open discussion and experimentation across the fruited plain.

And good luck to Cali!

[Hat Tip: Drew M]
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