Argument: Only markets, not mandates, can reduce cost of insurance


Grace-Marie Turner. “Should Health Insurance Be Mandatory?” New York Times. June 4, 2009: “But the kind of centralized, government-dominated proposals he endorses elsewhere in his letter have a poor track record of producing the savings he needs for this plan to work. And there is no evidence that Congress will significantly cut the growth of spending in Medicare or Medicaid nor will more spending on information technologies, disease management and prevention produce the needed savings.

[…] Flexibility, competition and a properly functioning market — which we do not have now — are far preferable to mandates, price controls and more government regulation to reform our health sector.”