10.18.2011 Policy Points

Good Questions

Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic raises some interesting questions in an account of the demise of the CLASS Act, which would have helped American pay for long-term care like nursing homes.

We know conservatives don’t like universal health insurance if it means government coverage. We know conservatives don’t like universal health insurance if it means a private coverage with a mandate. And, based on their reaction to CLASS, we know conservatives don’t like universal health insurance if it means a private coverage without a mandate.

But if they don’t like any of those options, what’s left? Could it be that conservatives just don’t like universal health insurance at all?  That they simply don’t believe it’s possible or worthwhile to make sure everybody can pay their medical bills, the way every other developed country does?

It sure seems that way.

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