Governor Fails to Learn from Experience

Published July 27, 2007

The Chicago Tribune was correct to point out the problems and failures of plans to expand government-subsidized health insurance programs in California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and other states (“A healthy dose of reality,” July 19).

Ordinarily these examples would act as a cautionary tale. But Gov. Blagojevich, who has similar plans of his own, doesn’t let experience stop any of his populist proposals.

We can only hope lawmakers stop him and follow the advice of the Civic Federation, which recently issued a report outlining the governor’s fiscal disaster in the making: Reform the current system and effectively manage the state’s existing health insurance program for its employees and retirees.

Steve Stanek ([email protected]) is a research fellow for The Heartland Institute.