One Point Six Trillion Dollars Later

David Harsanyi answers Virginia Postrel on health care reform:

As the writer Virginia Postrel points out, we already have Medicare, a massive single-payer, government-run program and a “perfect environment for experimentation.”

“If more-efficient government management can slash health-care costs by addressing all these problems,” wrote Postrel, “why not start with Medicare? Let’s see what ‘better management’ looks like applied to Medicare before we roll it out to the rest of the country.”

As Postrel probably already knows, the effort to empower government with control of medical care is ideologically driven, making it impervious to experimentation. Socializing medicine is the grand prize for the left.

I still want one example of a program where the government spent less on something to give us more of it. Hell, I’d settle for an example where the Washington just spent less, period.