As the health care debate proceeds, the thing that strikes me most is the complexity of our current system. Obamacare is clearly a compromise — suggested originally by the Heritage Foundation — that builds on our existing employer-based system and Medicaid. It can, and does, work in states that support it, but can fall apart otherwise. And the proposals currently in the House and Senate bills will create enormous hardship for millions of people.

Perhaps, the time has come to follow the example of most other developed countries and create a single-payer system. As a prelude to making that argument, I wanted to see how many people are already receiving government health care. Plea…
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