Tag: centralized planning

The Trouble with Centralization

Jay P. Greene’s discussion of national education standards in the Wall Street Journal applies to more than just education:

Proposing that all children meet the same standards is essentially proposing a nationalized system of education. Some reformers may argue otherwise, but the truth is that standards drive testing, which in turn drives what material is covered, as well as how and when it is taught.

Such uniformity would only make sense if: 1) there was a single best way for all students to learn; 2) we knew what it was; 3) we could be sure the people running this nationalized education system would adopt that correct approach; and 4) they would remain in charge far into the future. But that isn’t how things are.

Those are good cautions to keep in mind when we discuss centralized and mandatory plans for anything, from subsidizing green energy to nation-building in Afghanistan.

Health Care Odds & Ends

A few highlights from this week’s health care news:

  • Politico reports that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is a former health insurance executive. (He was a hospital executive.)
  • Suzy Khimm writes that to fix the problems created by centralized planning of the health care sector, we need more centralized planning of the health care sector.
  • The Obama administration  blows the doors open on the colossal failure that are ObamaCare’s high-risk pools, but doesn’t bother to say where the  money is coming from.