Chicago Healthcare and Top Sirloin

Reading this story about Rahm Emanuel and union/govt/municipal healthcare made me think of an old piece from Dr. Russ Roberts.

This.

Rahm’s ObamaCare Brainstorm – WSJ.com: Chicago may dump its retiree health costs on federal taxpayers. … Rahm Emanuel’s parting gift to national taxpayers upon leaving Washington two years ago was a $1 trillion bill for ObamaCare. Now the Chicago Mayor may add billions more to the tab by dumping his city’s retirees on the federally subsidized state health exchange.

And this.

If You’re Paying, I’ll Have Top Sirloin by Russell Roberts: Sometimes, you go to the same restaurant with three friends. The four of you are in the habit of splitting the check evenly. You realize after a while that the $4 drink and dessert will end up costing you only $1, because the total tab is split four ways. Should you order the drink and dessert? If you’re a nice person, you might want to spare your friends from having to subsidize your extravagance. Then it dawns on you that they may be ordering extras financed out of your pocket. But they’re your friends. They wouldn’t do that to you and you wouldn’t do that to them. And if anyone tries it among the group, social pressure will keep things under control.