Dystopian Future

What to Know: An increase in medically assisted suicide could save the Canadian health care system millions, researchers say, by eliminating patients in the expensive “last phase” of their illnesses.

The TPPF Take: This is the reality of a single-payer system with limited resources: rationing, and eventually the elimination of those deemed to be a burden on the system.

“Proponents of single-payer health care (such as Medicare-for-All) always promise patients affordable, accessible, and equitable care for all,” says TPPF’s David Balat. “But the iron economic law of scarcity means there are never enough resources to match demand. And as every other single-payer system shows, rationing is inevitable.”

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The Welcome Mat

What to Know: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is offering her own version of a dystopian city as a haven for Texans. “We’ll rent the buses,” she said, encouraging Texans to flee the Lone Star State.

The TPPF Take: Mayor Lightfoot is out of touch on this; people are fleeing Chicago—for Texas.

“When people vote—with a moving van or a U-Haul truck—they vote for lower taxes and smaller government,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “And it isn’t likely that politicians in Illinois or California or New York will reverse course anytime soon to stem the flood of people moving out by cutting taxes and trimming red tape.”

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Bad Economics

What to Know: President Biden’s proposed student loan debt transfer—from the beneficiaries to taxpayers—isn’t just unconstitutional. It’s also bad economics.

The TPPF Take: Biden’s plan will actually make the student loan problem worse, not better.

“First, students will take out even more debt from now on, under the reasonable belief that they won’t have to pay all of it back thanks to future rounds of forgiveness,” says TPPF’s Andrew Gillen. “Second, colleges will respond by raising tuition, since their students are now less price-sensitive. The combined effect of these will be to create even more student loan debt.”

For more on student loan debt, click here.