For anyone who doubted my earlier post — in which I noted that one of the Right’s main complaints with Obamacare is its insistence on covering poor people — I’d like to present you with a bit of proof. Here’s an especially arresting quote from the widely read and respected libertarian economist Tyler Cowen. He’s outlining what he believes the Right should support rather than the Obamacare mandate:
2. A rejection of health care egalitarianism, namely a recognition that the wealthy will purchase more and better health care than the poor. Trying to equalize health care consumption hurts the poor, since most feasible policies to do this take away cash from the poor, either directly or through the operation of tax incidence. We need to accept the principle that sometimes poor people will die just because they are poor. Some of you don’t like the sound of that, but we already let the wealthy enjoy all sorts of other goods — most importantly status — which lengthen their lives and which the poor enjoy to a much lesser degree. We shouldn’t screw up our health care institutions by being determined to fight inegalitarian principles for one very select set of factors which determine health care outcomes.