A commenter asks

By Megan McArdle

. . . but don't I support paying for poor people to get medical care?

Sort of, yes, but it's complicated, and looks absolutely nothing like what Ezra wants, which is a system that covers 95% of Americans while perhaps 5% pay extra for private care. My idea about helping the poor get medical care is more about helping them enter the private system, not exit it. If I were in charge, the government share of healthcare would shrink, not rise--I'd provide more for some kids and poor workers, but a lot less for old people.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2007/10/a-commenter-asks/2195/