Give and take

Give and take

The Wall St. Journal has a simplistic lead editorial on health care policy today. The basic message: government bad, private sector good. Among other things the editorial praises Rep John Shadegg’s proposal for a 50-state insurance market.

Luckily the Journal tends toward intellectual honesty. On the letters page are two that indirectly question the editorial. One notes that Rep Shadegg “champions himself as a member of the Revolutionary Class of 1994” but has forgotten he used to tout term limits. (Government: good?)

Another letter corrects an earlier editorial page distortion by pointing out that a recent study shows that doctors continue to accept Medicare, not that they’d stopped doing so. Considering that the letter writer is the study’s author perhaps we should believe him.

February 1, 2006

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