Top Three Health Care Policy Proposals

One year after the passage of major health care legislation, Harvard economist Jeff Miron says more reform is still needed. Dr. Miron gives his top 3 policy proposals for fixing the U.S. health care system: 1) Throw away the notion that health care is a right; 2) Repeal Obamacare; and 3) Phase out Medicare.

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  1. No-one, not even the most ardent leftist, can argue that the price of a single life should be an infinite economic cost.

  2. Free Market doesn't work with Healthcare. Why ? because when you have choice between die or receive a treatment / medication, the cost for say no is too high and cie can play with that for increase theirs benefits. You need a basic public universal assurance and centralize negociations on wages, drugs price, etc. Your system can be managed by the private sector, but with public funding. Yes I know, this is not free when your wage or your good are fixed but there are no choice.

  3. England has the perspective that basic health care should be a right. They spend about 8 to 9% of their GDP on healthcare. The U.S. has not accepted that health care is a right and we spend about 16 to 18% of our GDP on health care. Also the English get better health care outcomes overall than the U.S. This is also true of a other modernized nations that consider basic health care a right.  But all that aside, Dr. Miron does not discuss important health care cost containment provisions in the Affordable Care Act such as Accountable Care Organizations. It is absolutely true that we need to get health care costs under control. We have a for profit healthcare system and there are many incentives to drive up the costs of health care. But Dr. Miron misses the target on every point he tries to make. What was an opportunity for him to offer an educated opinion, he turned into a rant. 

  4. You can watch the debate "Repeal the Obamacare" on YouTube and find out what wrong this guy is saying.

  5. Funny how he added in the word "pre existing". So libertarians what's your solution for medical care for those born with pre existing conditions? Do you think economics should just cut them down via natural selection or what?

  6. Actually obamacare is going to reduce the deficit. This by itself wouldn't be reason enough to do it but you can't hold that against it. A single payer system would have been a better solution in all honesty. But I know how libertarians feel about that. 

  7. Great video, great points. Hopefully more people will hear this and start to learn about why system is getting messed up. Things would work so much better if we didn't pour more and more broken proposals on top of others. The government just needs pull out of healthcare and do the things that the government is founded to do. People are generally good, and those that need help will be able to find it from charities and religions and other organizations. The problem is that the deeper the government gets in private industry, the worse things get over time.

  8. This video is downright disturbing. To watch someone supposedly intelligent enough to be a university professor arrogantly squat there and deliver that far right heartless rhetoric made my skin crawl.
    I could systematically debunk every sentence he said but I'll focus on the main premise which is that government provided healthcare doesn't work and is unaffordable. OK then explain why the nations with universal healthcare systems (particularly single payer systems) all have higher life expectancies than the US and are generally in less dire economic conditions. Some like Norway have no debt and have actually ran budget surpluses for the past 30 years and yes they have a single payer healthcare system.
    While on the other hand nations which have essentially adopted what he wants all have life expectancies below the global average and only a fraction of the populace can afford healthcare.
    Jeff Miron your entitled to a refund on your PhD because you clearly know absolutely nothing about economics or the real world for that matter. The fat that a respectable institution like Harvard actually employs you is staggering. Continue to live in your free market fantasy world just know that the likes of you are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year in the US and if you got your way it would be even more. 

  9. I don't get it. . . Could someone explain the third suggestion and solution: Phase out Medicare?
    How exactly should the health care become much less expensive without government regulation? Won't it still be a market, working for profits?

  10. If people are seen as soon as possible, their problems are solved before the condition gets worse. You end up spending less

  11. Am struggling to take you serious m8.

    The elderly don't chose what medical intervention to have for their health problems.

    It's the doctors that help them decide 

  12. He says that the only way for the government to pay for anyone's groceries ever in any case is by having the government pay for all groceries in every case by making groceries entirely free. This is not only wrong, it's also a bad analogy as no one wants to do anything even barely resembling that with healthcare.

  13. Great video, but the Leftists elitists know how bad Obamacare is. That was their plan all along so that single-payer (their end goal) looks good/better and more appeasing to the masses. We can already see how they use ad-populum logic.

  14. No, I'm not right, and that article does nothing to demonstrate otherwise. Google slippery slope to read how.

  15. You seem to be saying that sarcastically, but you are actually correct. Google the following article to read how: Single-Payer Groceries, Anyone? by Thomas DiLorenzo

  16. I'm sorry, but these proposals seem insane.
    First of all, how does cutting all the insurance programs can provide insurance to more people?
    Secondly, you didn't explain how less regulation leads to cheaper and better healthcare.
    And finally, without any regulation healthcare providers will be free to set any prices they want on their services. It's already been monopolized to the point that all the medicine and procedures are overpriced by 300% to 400% in US, some – even more.

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