Thoughts on single-payer healthcare

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Advocates of single-payer state-run healthcare claim that the state can lobby for better rates for you. Not really. In practice, the state lobbies for what it wants, not necessarily what you want or need.

If the government really wanted better prices instead of control, it would open New York State health insurance to competition from elsewhere. But, no, that is not in the cards.

The state’s goal isn’t to increase cleansing and efficient competition; it is to hide competition by turning it into an Albany-based, behind-the-scenes, high-priced bureaucracy.

At the national level, single-payer would have the government take control of one-fifth of the economy, not because agencies could run it better, but because they would increase their control.

Look at how Albany and New York City managed the pandemic. What they portrayed as sound management ended up misallocating and misusing resources, jeopardizing lives unnecessarily, and inconveniencing families and businesses.

When Albany says businesses will pay much of the cost, they overlook that some businesses will move out of state because of increased costs. Still others may increase consumer prices or postpone increases to employees that might otherwise be used to make personal healthcare choices.

How can anyone do anything but laugh at state government officials claiming that the best way to solve problems created by the state is by giving the state more authority to come up with a solution. Trust us, they say, this time we promise to do better.

—S.B.Waters

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