By Chris Rossini
Ever since the U.S. government began to sink its claws into the medical industry a good 50 or so years ago, it has turned the entire field into a complete nightmare. This is par for the course whenever government invades an industry.
Trying to reform this Frankenstein with either Obamacare, or Trumpcare, will solve nothing. It would be like Gorbachev trying to reform the Soviet Union.
The problem is structural. Tinkering with this or that will just waste more time.
A fundamental change has to occur in the thinking about what healthcare actually is. It's not what Americans have been conditioned to believe.
Peter G. Klein, who is a Research Fellow at The Mises Institute has eloquently put it into plain language in the following short video. I've also transcribed key sections below:
From a fundamental economics point of view, what is healthcare exactly? One of the things that's particularly frustrating for me as an economist is this notion that "healthcare" is some kind of a unique good or service, that everybody needs, everybody wants, but cannot be provided by the market the way the market provides shoes, or tomatoes, or automobiles, or any other good.
It should be noted that it's not just the government that opposes the free market. Yes, politicians love wielding power and like forcing people to do things against their will.
But the cornucopia of crony businesses in the medical industry would oppose the free market as well. They have a sweet deal using government power to their advantage. The last thing they would want is to compete in a free market without government giving anyone an advantage.
So this is not a government vs. business issue.
This is a government + business issue against freedom.
Be sure to watch the full 6 minute video below to get all the points that Klein puts forth:
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