Is it possible for government to run health care, long-term, without resorting to either rationing or tax hikes? In some alternate world perhaps, but not likely here and now.

Consider Arizona. One in five citizens in the state are on Medicaid, a program that depends on both federal and state funding.

That’s putting the state on a course for trouble. The governor, a Republican, proposes raising the sales tax by another percentage point.

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State Rep. Nancy Barto, however, says, “We have currently over 1 out of 5 persons in Arizona on [Medicaid]. That says to me right now we’re already — government’s already — doing too much.”

Indeed. The state ought to pursue other avenues, such as looking at laws that inflate the cost of medicine and health insurance.

Cross-posted from State House Call.

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