Bryan Caplan:I'm the kind of person who defends radical and extreme views, but I never want to alienate people who are a little bit less radical, a little bit less extreme. In all these cases, I would still say, "Look, if you're very concerned about a small minority of very poor people who really couldn't afford insurance during this time, fine have a government program that subsidizes or provides insurance for orphan children, for kids who have terrible diseases, for people who are very poor but happen to but struck by disaster."
You could have a program that costs five percent as much as what we're currently doing. We could get rid of 95 percent without really bumping into the complaints that normal people have. I'm saying, what about the poor, what about kids, what about people with irresponsible parents. And still you could go 95 percent of the way to the Libertarian policy. And so, I'm the type of person that says, "What about the last five percent?" But I don't want to go and lose people who were willing to go with the first 95 percent.
So, it's worth saying, "Look, with health insurance government could still subsidize it for kids, for poor parents, for people that were born with a terrible congenital disease." I could make just a few exceptions and then stop making the exceptions. So this small area. This is where it's so terrible, government is going to pay for it out of taxpayer money. Everyone else, though, sink or swim, are usually like you're an adult, you should take care of yourself.