As we wait to start the panel on healthcare, I’m reminded of Rudy Giuliani’s just-uttered lunchtime remarks on the healthcare status quo. That is: healthcare is currently not free. And we’re (or rather the Democrats are) moving (us) towards socialized medicine. Healthcare is currently a hodgepodge of control among HMOs, government bureaucrats, and the service providers who benefit from the arrangements created by the former two. Only returning individual choice to healthcare – like every other aspect of the economy – will improve quality and lower cost.
Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-Wake) : House Bill 901 in NC to recognize the "right to healthcare." Abhorrent. She wants to ask why we’re failing to understand healthcare as a commodity — that is, something that must be bought and sold. How can healthcare be available for the greatest number of people who can afford to pay? It’s time for fundamental reform.
Panel: Cannon, Colletti, Newman, Kansler.