Arnold Kling responds to Moulitas’ (DailyKos) overture to the Libertarians in a piece called Dear Libertarian Democrats… The only slight flaw in all this is that there aren’t very many libertarians, but then again we don’t need too many Republican voters to change sides!
Kling proposes running school choice in a few states and single payer health care in a few states. The only flaw here is in thinking that they’re much different. After all single payer health care in the usual American sense means putting all the money in one social insurance pool and allowing people to choose which doctors and hospitals they go to. As far as I can see school choice in Kling’s version is the same: creating one pool of all K-12 education dollars and letting kids/parents choose the schools they want to go to. In both cases everyone needs to be in the same pool, and the money follows the choice of the individual. I don’t understand how the libertarians can decry one as evil socialism while being OK with the other, unless they really favor repealing universal compulsory education. But maybe they do!
As for the health experiment, it probably depends where they run single payer. But the likelihood is that a really effective single payer plan run across state lines would be a wash. It would attract old school industry (autos) who would get rid of their “obligations” on the state, but it would also attract entrepreneurs suffering from job lock. It might lose jobs from employers with younger than average workforce, but theoretically it’ll be a wash. While single payer may not be the best option for financing health care delivery, and while a universal voucher scheme like educational choice may work too, a compulsory universal single insurance pool is by far the best option.