About a hundred years ago, most of our modern healthcare access problems were introduced due to the American Medical Association and something called the Flexner Report.
Through its aggressive lobbying practices, the AMA closed medical schools, reduced the number of doctors and decreased competition. They wanted to push out practitioners who were women, minorities, and any one practicing homeopathy.
To this day, we continue to suffer from the introduction of these practices that caused a sudden drop in the number of doctors, created a higher demand, and a higher barrier to entry for new healthcare practitioners.
Because of this, healthcare costs are too high.
People have been deceived into believing that affordable healthcare can only be achieved by bowing to special interests and corporatism through regulation.
If medical care is provided by government, it can only be provided by an authoritarian government unconcerned about the rights of the individual – considering this is the same government that’s inflated our currency to a point where its value is almost worthless, which is another reason healthcare is so expensive, in addition.
It’s easy to see that the cozy relationship between organized medicine and government has got to go!
WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?
To get affordable healthcare, first, you must make the distinction between healthcare and insurance. Any program that covers the first dollar payment is not actually “insurance”.
The goal of insurance should be to measure risk – not to be a social welfare program. It would be like expecting your car insurance to provide coverage for all your gas and car repairs.
Insurance sales should be legalized nationally across state lines to increase competition in the insurance industry (we’ve got to make companies compete for our money).
Long term insurance policies should be available to young people.
We must remove any obstacle for people seeking holistic and alternative medical care. This means we need to abolish regulations by drug companies trying to limit alternative medicine.
There must be more competition for health practitioners.
Putting more money into any monopoly never increases quality, but it always increases costs… and government is the biggest monopoly we have. We’ve got to remove monopoly from healthcare.
Government should do no harm, but it usually does when it intervenes. Bureaucrats must never be allowed to interfere in the doctor-patient relationship. Government should get out of the way and repeal all the laws that contribute to the mess that makes our healthcare so expensive.
The tax code must be changed to give everyone equal treatment and a 100% tax credit for all medical expenses. Laws that prevent doctors from entering into voluntary agreements with their patients must be repealed.
Imposing fines on people who don’t sign up for health insurance is a huge boon to the insurance companies. That’s why they lobby for socialized healthcare. Fining people this way is wrong.
No one has a right to socialized healthcare – this promotes the idea that a person has a right to someone else’s labor, rights, and property.