Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Trojan Horse

The June 1, 2009 Washington Times has an OpEd by Michael Leavitt and Jeffrey Anderson discussing why the proposed "public plan" is a Trojan horse for a complete government takeover of medicine.

Their analysis of the problems of Medicare and the even-worse problems with a "public plan" are correct.

I do disagree with their statement that, "Every American should have access to affordable health insurance. Government must take strong action to make that possible."

The only action that the government needs to take is to get out of the way and allow the free market to work. If the government sticks to its legitimate function of protecting against the initiation of force and/or fraud, then we'll see massive improvements in health care and health insurance as willing entrepreneurs and businessmen spring up to offer services to patients.

We've seen the relatively-free market provide Americans with abundant affordable food, clothing, and housing. It's time we let it work for health care as well.