Virtually all discussion of health care policy today avoids explicit reference to underlying principles.
Government has no “public health” role. It has only a “public freedom” role.
It is precisely because our health care is so important to each of us that we need to be especially careful to preserve and protect the rights of physicians and other health care providers.
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The government must take good medical care from those who have it and redistribute it to those who do not.
When the pandemic ends, politicians will take credit, but the solution, as usual, began when politicians got out of the way.
Individualism remains the best tool to deny government the power to force us to buy health insurance in general or forbid the purchase of the kind of health care plan we prefer.
“Universal Health Care” is the increasing drumbeat of advocates who want Americans to place all responsibility for their health care in the hands of government.
The effort to get vaccinated is akin to sitting at the back of a 9-month long DMV line. Welcome to vaccine central planning.
As early as last May, barely two months after the start of the state lockdown, a New York Post columnist groused: “So Gov. Andrew Cuomo killed Grandma and cratered New York’s economy. But he looked good doing it.”
It’s time to stop listening to Fauci, and time to stop treating his wildly inconsistent political posturing as if it carries any scientific authority.
Those who prefer government management of medicine have a wider agenda: they hate the idea of a free market in medicine because they hate the idea of free markets in anything.
The only reason that the commentators are bewailing the “staggering difficulties” of getting everyone vaccinated is that they never dream of putting the vaccine on the free market.
This has been a year of astonishing policy failure. We are surrounded by devastation conceived and cheered by intellectuals and their political handmaidens.
Under real capitalism, there is no government policy at all regarding how people are to conduct themselves in a pandemic. With no barriers to innovation, production, and distribution, the pharmaceutical industry would be rocketing us into an almost disease-free future.
What do the Great Depression and the Second World War have in common with the coronavirus crisis of 2020? They have all been caused by government!
The term “socialized medicine” is never used. Instead we hear demands for “universal,” “mandatory,” “single-payer,” and/or “comprehensive” systems.
Governor Ron DeSantis has proven it: it is actually possible for a politician to wise up and do the right thing. In a sweeping order announced September 25, the governor has opened up the entire economy.
Abolish the FDA. Repeal medical licensing.
The kind of reasoning that underpins the tired old asymmetric information bogeyman in health care falls straight into the behavioral symmetry between market participants and policy makers that is a core contribution of modern public choice economics: it is not believable to submit that governments have magic wands.
As for Medicare for All, the COVID-19 crisis in Canada has shown the brutal consequences of government-run health care: shortages just when you need care the most.
We need new drugs to fight COVID-19 and other diseases. But our government’s approval process makes that too hard.
The COVID-19 crisis is the result of decades of FDA rule.
Because nobody had an incentive to stockpile PPE or other medical equipment.
Three simple reforms: (1) posted prices for procedures; (2) Goodman-esque health savings accounts and high-deductible insurance; (3) age rather than community rating.