Earlier this month, we covered news that half of British nursing home patients were being denied basic health services as a result of inefficiencies in Britain’s massive health bureaucracy. Yet before we gloat that such things would never happen here, the New York Times has a story on a new report from New York state claiming that confusing regulations and poor oversight have caused more than 300 thousand New Yorkers with mental or physical disabilities to face a “needless risk of harm”:
According to the report, a regulatory maze has complicated and in some cases constrained the state’s response to claims of abuse. At one agency, the police are summoned if “there is reason to believe that a crime has been committed,” while another agency does so only if a potential felony has been committed. A third agency turns to law enforcement only if a local district attorney has “indicated a prior interest,” the report said.
Just like in Britain, the blue model has shown itself to be poorly suited to medical care. Whether the care is for the disabled or for the elderly, the government just isn’t very good at running these things. Confusing and contradictory government regulations expose hundreds and thousands of patients to unnecessary risks.The failure to manage complicated issues like these is a recurring theme when blue gets big—and that doesn’t bode well for the future of Obamacare.A previous version of this post incorrectly claimed that 300 million New Yorkers were exposed to a “needless risk of harm.” The actual number was 300 thousand.