Monday, April 16, 2007

Becker on the Romney Health Plan

Richard Posner and Gary Becker opine on health policy, and Becker offers this recommendation:
To avoid the risk that individuals and families would attempt to free ride on taxpayers and others by not contracting for catastrophic medical coverage, one can make such coverage compulsory for everyone, either through group plans, such as from employment, or through individual plans.
Becker does not mention Mitt Romney, but the idea of making health insurance an individual's responsibility is the essence of the health plan Romney advocated as governor of Massachusetts.