And Another Conservative Thinker Jumps Ship

Posted by | June 19, 2011 07:58 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Stuart Shapiro

Fareed Zakaria has never been a raging conservative but his views consistently hew right of center.  Like most thinking conservatives, he is alarmed by the state of American conservatism (h/t Steve Benen).

But that history [of U.S. investments in science and technology] has been forgotten. When considering health care, for example, Republicans confidently assert that their ideas will lower costs, when we simply do not have much evidence for this. What we do know is that of the world’s richest countries, the U.S. has by far the greatest involvement of free markets and the private sector in health care. It also consumes the largest share of GDP, with no significant gains in health on any measurable outcome. We need more market mechanisms to cut medical costs, but Republicans don’t bother to study existing health care systems anywhere else in the world. They resemble the old Marxists, who refused to look around at actual experience. “I know it works in practice,” the old saw goes, “but does it work in theory?”

He also hammers Republican resistance to investment in infrastructure and education.  I don’t have a whole lot to add here.  To some degree Zakaria is bemoaning something that has been obvious to many of us for quite a while.  On the other hand, the more the merrier.  Welcome to reality Mr Zakaria.

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Copyright 2011 Liberaland
By: Stuart Shapiro

Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy
program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers
University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies
regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels.
Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office
of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and
George W. Bush.

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