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1. What role should the Federal Government assume regarding national health care programs?
Why should government be involved at all in our health care system? Aside from providing care for low-income families, the most persuasive argument is that, in the absence of coercion, people will have an incentive to be uninsured "free riders." In our society, people who choose not to pay for insurance know that they are likely to get health care anyway - even if they can't pay for it. The reason is that there is a tacit, widely shared agreement that no one will be allowed to go without care. As a result, the willfully uninsured impose external costs on others - through the higher taxes or higher prices, which subsidize the cost of their care. As this argument goes, the more incentives the government provides, the more the "free riders" will take advantage. (See evidence http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st/st242/s242b.html).
Currently, the federal ...
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