Wednesday, June 10, 2009

John Stossel Proposes Free-Market Solution for Rising Cost of Healthcare

Competition so regularly brings us better stuff -- cars, phones, shoes, medicine -- that we've come to expect it. We complain on the rare occasion the supermarket doesn't carry a particular ice-cream flavor. We just assume the store will have 30,000 items, that it will be open 24/7, and that the food will be fresh and cheap.

I take it for granted that I can go to a foreign country, hand a piece of plastic to a total stranger who doesn't speak English ... and he'll rent me a car for a week. Later, Visa or MasterCard will have the accounting correct to the penny.

Compare: Governments can't even count votes accurately -- or deliver the mail efficiently.

Yet now, somehow, government will run auto companies and guarantee us health care better than private firms?

And the public seems eager for that!...

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