Although government health-care programs have been a tremendous drag on economic growth in most developed countries, they remain popular with large segments of the population. Moving away from a government model would likely require, not the dissemination of studies showing that it undermines prosperity, but a sea change in the way people view human dignity, individual responsibility, and natural rights.

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Other Independent Review articles by Enrico Colombatto
    Summer 2008   The European Economy since 1945
    Summer 2005   Euro as Politics
    Spring 2000   The Crisis of Europe’s Centralized Federalism