This quote in the 1998 Victor R. Fuchs “Who Shall Live? Health, Economics, and Social Choice” struck me as particularly fun, considering the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The book was first published in 1975 so I’m not sure exactly when this language was last updated. Nonetheless, it’s fun!
One of the bloodiest battles over national health insurance concerns the manner in which the plan or plans should be administered. At one extreme is the proposal for a single insurance fund administered by the government. At the other extreme is the argument that universal coverage could be achieved by requiring every individual (or his employer) to obtain coverage from a private insurance company, with the government’s role limited to setting minimum standards and paying premiums for the poor. [Emphasis mine.]
Reading old texts is always fun.