by Patrick Appel
[T]he fundamental conservative problem: you can either have universal coverage or you can have a quasi-free market. There's no way to have both, but no one is willing to say publicly that it's OK to leave millions of people without healthcare. So instead conservatives hem and haw and nibble around the edges with things like HSAs and tax exclusions, even though these ideas don't do anything to make healthcare coverage more widely and securely available. No free market solution can do that.
E.D. Kain responds.