End the duopoly

Letter: There is only one way to make health care affordable

The “Affordable” Care Act was the Democrat Party’s attempt to fix a health care crisis that that has existed for decades. To solve a problem you have to identify the cause before you understand how to fix it. You can’t fix a problem that was created by the government with more government.

Prior to the introduction of the massive socialist Medicare and Medicaid programs, the United States had the best healthcare system in the world. It was based on free market principles, and it was affordable. These two socialist programs allowed doctors to order unnecessary tests, which caused healthcare costs to skyrocket. These socialist programs divorce the patient from paying the cost of health care directly, which eliminates the incentive to keep healthcare costs low.

The government licensing of medical practitioners and establishing strict “standards of care” pushed out competition from alternative health care providers. When you limit competition, the result is higher costs and an inferior product.

Health care insurance came about in response to FDR’s price and wage controls during World War II, producing a shortage of workers for defense contractors. With FDR’s blessing, defense contractors were able to get around government’s wage controls paying higher wages in the form […]

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