This is an excellent piece on some of the issues in healthcare reform. Those who blindly blame greedy corporations for our healthcare woes never look to the actual source of all the pathologies — the government.
Coletti doesn’t go as far as to accuse the left of trying to destroy healthcare markets with regulation. For the record, I do. Lemme borrow from an upcoming piece I wrote:
I believe the majority party actually knows about these pathologies. In fact, I believe they are making concerted efforts at the state and federal levels to exacerbate these problems in the name of consumer protection and insuring children. Whether through expanding children’s Medicaid into the middle class (which drives up premiums), increasing the number of state mandates (which drives up premiums), or limiting competition through keeping the tax code intact (which drives up premiums), the party in power is using regulation to crank down the government vise in anticipation of a final outcry from Americans who are tired of paying these rates and who have no idea why it’s happening. And with that outcry, they will then be able to sell America a single-payer system like Castro’s.