The traditional Beltway logic on health care reform goes like this:
- The problem is that 46 million Americans lack health insurance.
- Government should provide health insurance to those 46 million people, or at least pay for it.
- Let’s expand a taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program to cover the 46 million, or maybe create a new program.
- (Alternately: Let’s mandate that everyone has to buy/have health insurance.)
- This means everyone will have health insurance. We have solved the problem.