Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Megan McArdle On Privatization

McArdle writes today, "Perhaps surprisingly, I'm pretty skeptical of a lot of the efforts to outsource social services."

McArdle also is troubled by the Indiana experience with social service privatization.

After reading McArdle and thinking about the really dry post from earlier I made a connection that I should have made earlier this evening. Is there a social service more basic than health care.

This quote from McArdle could easily be made a bout health care:
"But the people experiencing any decline in the quality of social services are usually poor people who mostly don't vote. So the competition is merely to find a bidder who can cut services to the barest bone. For some conservatives, obviously, this is a feature rather than a bug. But when children or the developmentally disabled are involved, I don't think price should be our primary consideration in deciding how to provide services."
But perhaps we should expand it from children and the disabled. Sphere: Related Content

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