So I’m getting coffee the other day and I somehow strike up a conversation with a guy who claims to be a writer. I figured he leaned a bit to the left when I saw him reading Barbara Ehrenreich, but that was just scratching the surface. Soon I was hearing about how all the good jobs were going overseas, we’re headed toward environmental crisis, and the United States is just four or five years away from going the way of the Roman Empire. I think he might have said that the U. S. government must have surely known about 9/11 before it happened, but I’m not entirely sure that’s what he meant so I won’t go casting aspersions. Suffice it to say that this guy had all the talking points of the far left down pat.
When he then mentioned that he had been a practicing physician for many years and was writing a book about how to fix American healthcare, I was all set to hear the argument for socializing it. I was therefore rather surprised when he said roughly the following:
“The problems all began with the development of Blue Cross and Blue Shield. These were originally meant just to insure against surgeries and long hospital stays, but were later expanded to cover nearly everything. Now no one pays directly for their healthcare, so there’s no working of supply and demand and the prices have all gone up ridiculously high.”
I eventually learned that these escalating costs were the main reason he gave up on private practice a few years ago. Now, it may be that his solution to the problem is to have the government buy and distribute everything on a low cost basis, but he was at least able to see how the lack of markets had negatively impacted the field he worked in. If we could get leftists like him to start applying that reasoning to everything else, we liberals would be in a much better position to make good policy.