In today’s Washington Post , Alberto Mingardi of the Istituto Bruno Leoni  in Italy draws lessons from his country’s experience to warn Americans against increasing Uncle Sam’s role in providing medical care. Here’s his concluding paragraph:
So by attempting to hold down drug prices, the Italian government has
deprived its citizens of the best care without reducing health-care
spending. And it has deprived the country of what could be a vibrant
sector of the economy. In their rush to revamp Medicare, U.S. policy
leaders should be careful not to make the same mistake.