"The 1,500 or so private plans don't produce enough competition? Making it 1,501 will do the trick? But then why stop there? Eating is even more important than health care, so shouldn't we have government-run supermarkets ‘to keep the private ones honest’? After all, supermarkets clearly put profits ahead of feeding people. And we can't run around naked, so we should have government-run clothing stores to keep the private ones honest. And shelter is just as important, so we should start public housing to keep private builders honest. Oops, we already have that. And that is exactly the point. Think of everything you know about public housing, the image the term conjures up in your mind. If you like public housing you will love public health care."
On the uninsured:
"Forty-five million people in the U.S. are uninsured.’: Even if this were true (many dispute it) should we risk destroying a system that works for the vast majority to help 15% of our population?"
These quotes are by economist George Newman in the Wall Street Journal