France, Not Britian

by Patrick Appel

Freddie DeBoer challenges this post by Megan on why she doesn't support national health care. Matt Steinglass attacks from a different angle:

French people are still buying private health insurance. The Netherlands has had universal care through a mix of public-private plans since the ’40s too, and in 2006 it actually scrapped the public basic insurance plan in favor of putting everyone into the private market, regulated and subsidized to achieve universal coverage. If the health insurance reform bill in the House is a stalking horse for importing the Dutch system wholesale, that’s fine with me. But a Dutch-style system means universal private health insurance, and it’s still just flat-out wrong for Megan to characterize that as a “government-run health system” or “single-payer” or “eliminating the private health insurance market” or whatever.