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This week, the Republican Convention officially adopted Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan for “premium support” for future Medicare beneficiaries, that is, the government would give each senior a fixed sum to buy private insurance, instead of paying directly for comprehensive health services.

During the Vietnam War, an Army officer once explained “we destroyed the village to save it.” That strategy did not work in Vietnam, and it will not work for Medicare. But a village can be rebuilt. A universal health-care system, once dismantled, with the healthy allowed to separate from the sick, may be irreparable.

Everyone understands that the present course of Medicare is unsustainable: if we cannot get the cost of health care under control, eventually Medicare and Medicaid will consume the entire federal budget. (This problem is not unique to the federal government: the cost of health care in the private sector is growing even faster.)

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