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National Health Insurance Reconsidered

February 15th, 2013

Americans remain deeply divided over health care. Liberals emphasize the goal of comprehensive, lifelong health insurance for every citizen. Conservatives emphasize the goal of a more competitive free market in health care, without government getting between doctors and their patients. Everyone shares the goal of reducing the runaway costs of health care in the United States, which are the highest in the world.

Many doubt whether the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, can achieve any of these goals adequately. One widely held goal it clearly cannot achieve is to improve the global competiveness of American companies by removing, from employers, the costly burden of providing health insurance for employees. What shall be argued here is that national health insurance achieves every one of these goals, but only in a form much like that outlined below, incorporating ten features.

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