Quote of the Day: "It is the competition of profit-seeking entrepreneurs that does not tolerate the preservation of false prices . . ." -- Ludwig von Mises, "Human Action" 3rd edition, pages 337-338
Subject: Have you noticed that there's a rebellion underway?
* A majority oppose the bill -- 53% to 42%
* That’s down 5 points from two weeks ago and 8 points from six weeks ago
The intensity numbers are even better -- 44% strongly oppose the proposal while only 26% strongly favor it.
This intensity is being demonstrated in the rebellion members of Congress are facing at town hall meetings. While we dislike the rude tactics some citizens are using, we completely understand and agree with the anger.
One thing driving this is the spreading realization that the so-called "public option" is really a Trojan Horse that will lead to a "single payer" system . . .
* The "public option" is tax-subsidized government insurance that would charge lower premiums than private companies could afford to match -- that's the whole point of the tax subsidy
* This would eventually drive private health insurance out of business, leaving us with a "single payer" government system
* The so-called "single payer" would really be ALL taxpayers, because taxes would fund all health care
* In other words, public-option equals single-payer equals socialism
But here again, the news is encouraging . . .
And here's the best news of all . . .
We've long felt that public hatred of insurance companies is the main source of support for increased government involvement in health care. But now people seem to be realizing that the real reason to hate the insurance companies is because of . . .
The United States of Corporate Welfare
Big health care interests have used the coercive power of government to erect thickets of Corporate Welfare Regulation, to reward themselves, punish their competitors, and harm consumers.
Cato Institute scholar Michael Tanner provides startling examples of how these regulations have strangled competition between health insurance companies, allowing 30% of the market to be controlled by just 1 company in 299 out of 313 of the largest metro areas.
So the problem isn't that insurance companies charge too much and pay out too little under free market conditions. Indeed, the profit margins of the health insurance industry rank only 86th among American industries!
Instead, the problem is that government regulations retard competition and consumer choice, leading to inefficient service and false prices.
We don't need a 2,000-page bill that re-engineers our entire health care system. Instead, the first thing we need is a 1-page bill that restores competition between insurance companies by allowing you to sidestep the corporate welfare regulations erected by state-governments.
This is something the federal government can do using its Constitutional authority under the Commerce Clause.
A rebellion is underway, and we DC Downsizers need to give that rebellion a direction, not only by opposing the Trojan Horse health care bill, but also by promoting positive reforms that will restore consumer choice.
Tell Congress to give you a 1-page bill that allows you to buy health insurance regulated by the state of your choice.
If you want, you can use your personal comments to paste-in some of the poll results listed in this Dispatch.
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