October 12, 2007
The Candidates and Health Care
By James Wilson
I understand - not agree with, but understand - calls for a national health care plan. After all, the people get public education for "free," and most parents would agree that their children's health is more important than their education. The flaw in this thinking, however, is that our "free" educational system doesn't work. Over the decades, as formerly private and locally-controlled schools came under increased state direction and control, and then federal control, the quality of education suffered. Moreover, federal aid to higher education (to institutions directly, and aid and loans to students) has led to an explosion in tuition costs combined with a "dumbing down" of the curriculum. The case of health care is slightly different, because with the progress of science and technology, treatment has improved. But in other industries with fewer regulations and subsidies, costs go down, not up. The first thing the federal government should do in addressing health care is investigate if there is anything in its aid programs, regulations, and tax policies that causes the price of procedures and prescriptions to rise. For instance, if helpful drugs are kept off the market by the FDA, that's a restriction in supply, which means prices go up. What do the Presidential candidates have to say about health care? A helpful overview of the positions of nine of the leading candidates is provided by the Nursing Online Educational Database. Some want more government control, even though central planning has failed wherever it's been tried. Others want to expand access to health care (demand), but without increases in availability (supply), and this will only make costs increase all the more. It's unfortunate that more candidates don't adopt a Tenth Amendment position, that has the federal government getting out of health care and leaving it to states and individuals to decide for themselves. Putting an end to federal restrictions and aid will cause the industry to follow the laws of the free market, which encourages higher quality and lower prices over time.
Filed under Health
Blog commenting is currently under construction. In the meantime, you can send an email if there's something you'd like to tell us.

What Can We Do For You?

We can help you downsize the federal government, if you want that. All you have to do is join. It's free! In return...

We'll give you an army.

We're recruiting a huge army of supporters to work for what you want.

We'll give you influence.

The Downsize DC Army will exert relentless, resistance-numbing pressure on Congress.

We'll make your voice heard.

We'll use our growing army to make your beliefs heard by everyone, everywhere, every day.

We'll give you winning strategies.

Ideas like our "Read the Bills Act" and the "One Subject at a Time Act" will give you the leverage to win the public debate, control Congress, and Downsize DC!

We'll give you powerful tools.

  • Your free membership includes a subscription to our free email newsletter, the Consent Chronicle, which national talk show host Jerry Hughes calls by far the best newsletter he receives.
  • You'll be able to use our Educate the Powerful SystemSM to pressure Congress. It's easy. All it takes is a few mouse clicks and keyboard strokes. You can do it in your bathrobe while you're drinking your morning coffee, or during a break at work.
  • You'll also gain access to our 16-page strategy document, "The Downsize DC Vision." You'll learn about important insights like "ignoring an axiom," and powerful strategies like "picking off the herd." One reader called this document "the unified field theory" of political change.

To gain these benefits, just enter your email address in the box below and hit Subscribe!

Subscribe to the Consent Chronicle
Enter your email address twice: