The High Cost of Free


These days, the political landscape is excited by Bernie Sanders’ promise of free stuff to the poor and the middle class at the expense of those wicked “rich” people. Free medical care, free schooling at least through a BA degree, free welfare, a $15 an hour minimum wage, and … well, you get the point. He is the modern day Herbert Hoover, promising a car in every garage and a chicken in every pot … or a tofu roast, perhaps for our vegans.

We were having a conversation with a young relative who is visiting and she was talking about how she is so proud that she doesn’t rely on her parents’ health insurance to pay her medical bills. Instead, she’s covered by Medi-Cal, which is completely free.

Free??? For whom?

Medi-Cal costs California’s taxpayers more than $4 billion a year, which explains why California has the highest state income…

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