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August 8, 2007

The Wall Street Journal editorial-page editors are correct in saying that Wisconsin's universal health care plan is "openly hostile to market incentives that contain costs," and that the state can "expect to attract health-care free-riders while losing productive workers who leave for less-taxing climes" says news correspondent John Stossel. 


  • The Wisconsin plan would cost an estimated $15.2 billion, or $3 billion more than the state currently collects in all income, sales and corporate income taxes.
  • Further, the $15 billion is based on the usual Pollyannaish assumptions such as millions in savings "from putting more emphasis on primary care."

As usual, most of the new taxes will be imposed on employers, says Stossel:

  • Liberals believe money taken from them doesn't cost anything; rich corporations will simply waste less on lavish perks and excess profits.
  • But taxes on business are often paid by workers, stockholders and consumers.
  • Consequently, businesses that can't pass the taxes on to someone else will close or move out of state.

America needs "Healthy Wisconsin" because the fall of the Soviet Union deprived us of the biggest example of how well socialism works, says Stossel.  We need laboratories of failure to demonstrate what socialism is like.  All we have now is Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, the U.S. Post Office, and state motor-vehicle departments.  It's not enough. Wisconsin can show the other 49 states what "universal" coverage is like.

Source: John Stossel, "Let Wisconsin Experiment with Socialized Medicine,", August 8, 2007.


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