The United Kingdom has one of the most statist healthcare systems in the world. Indeed, my Cato colleague Mike Tanner produced an excellent study showing that the U.K. system is more rigid and centralized than what is found even in nations such as Germany and France.
But those posts were mostly anecdotal. This new video from the U.K.-based Taxpayers Alliance measures the deadly impact of government-run healthcare.
But it’s not just a matter of lost lives. The video also make a very strong argument that more government spending doesn’t have any positive impact on health outcomes.
During the Obamacare debate, Paul Krugman told us we could ignore stories about what was happening across the ocean, writing that “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”
I wonder if he’ll watch this video and somehow apologize? For some reason, I suspect we shouldn’t hold our collective breath waiting for a retraction.