As Rush Limbaugh was in Hawaii singing the praises of a union hospital in a universal health care system, this week’s wanna-be, Mark Styne, was busily being brilliant at the mic today. He responded enthusiastically to a caller who was talking about the Amish way of paying for medical care: they have a common pool which they use to fund medical costs for individual families as needed. And they pay cash, so they get to negotiate with the providers. And according to Styne, this is brilliant and how we should be doing it instead of all this socialist stuff.
Where to begin? He is wrong on so many levels. First – what the Amish are doing sounds exactly like self-insurance, a once common practice among private companies ( less and less so as costs have escalated). And second, what they are doing appears to be re-distributing their wealth, according to need. Reminds me of something – perhaps Mark Styne can illuminate it for me in one of his more insightful moments.
Don’t tell him, though. He was so so proud of himself.
The dittoheads are in safe reliable hands.