Okay, one more bad argument in favor of single payer

By Megan McArdle

"Have you ever seen a working class old person?" is not a devastating rejoinder to my previous posts. (The answer, by the way, is yes, lots; my roots are decidedly proletarian.) Nor is "My sister, the starving artist, has cancer." If the working class old people cannot afford to pay for their own health care without assistance--which is by no means proven; the working class runs from McDonalds fry cooks to members of the UAW--then this might be an argument for giving money to working class old people. Or to the subset of the working class who cannot cover their health care. Or to your dying sister. It is not an argument for giving money to every single person who happens to be old and/or sick, whether or not they can afford to pay for their health care, which is what happens under single payer.

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