Taking the Initiative on Health Care
By Arnold Kling
A proposed initiative in Arizona reads,
No law shall be passed that restricts a person’s freedom of choice of private health care systems or private plans of any type. No law shall interfere with a person’s or entity’s right to pay directly for lawful medical services, nor shall any law impose a penalty or fine, of any type, for choosing to obtain or decline health care coverage or for participation in any particular health care system or plan.
While I sympathize with the substance of the proposal, I am not a fan of government by popular initiative. It seems to me to invite tyranny of the majority. It’s fine when you agree with the majority, but terrifying if you disagree with it.
To put it another way. How many freedom-depriving initiatives would have to pass in order to cancel out the value of one freedom-enhancing initiative?