Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Free Markets in Healthcare Aren’t ‘Broken’—Just Not Allowed to Work
At WesternFreePress by Elizabeth Lee Vliet
-- Democrats excel at “message discipline”—sticking to talking points whether their script is factually correct or not. Repeated often enough, the script becomes “truth.”
Democrats’ script says: “The U.S. healthcare system is broken. Free-markets didn’t work; we can’t go back to what was, even if Obamacare has problems.”
This script is on a par with campaign lies, such as “If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it,” that sold the need for government to “fix” one-sixth of the economy, even when polls showed 85% of people were satisfied with their health insurance and medical care. Now, millions of Americans have lost their private insurance because it didn’t comply with costly, unwanted Obamacare mandates. Millions have lost their doctors and hospitals with networks “shrunk” to cut insurers’ costs.
The entire U.S. healthcare system is NOT “broken”—not yet. The payment system was “broken” by government intrusion and regulation. U.S. medical care has remained tops in the world for quality, accessibility, innovation, variety of medications, available diagnostic and treatment procedures, and longevity for the major diseases and for cancer survival.