I think so, but that's fiscal conservatism 101, so you're speaking my language, LOL!
Regarding medical care, there will never be a perfect solution, although it won't stop big-government supporters from trying to find one! I am no expert on medicine, but I do believe that one of the biggest challenges in medicine is reducing costs, and we all know how lousy the government is at reducing costs. Does not compute!
Funny how all of these threads end up going back to healthcare.
You could to a certain extent fix the medical care issue by opening up competition and allowing non-physcians to perform certain types of medical procedures and examinations. I just discovered the minute-clinic at CVS which diagnosed an ear-infection and gave me a prescription within a few minutes for much much less than it would have cost to go to an MD. I also think about the possibility of a large public company employing nurse-practitioner types to do things like make routine prescriptions, uncomplicated stitching of wounds, yearly physicals, among other things. If you had a company as good as Wal-Mart running it, I wonder if you would even need insurance for those services.
This unfortunately, will only help out at the margins. It has nothing to do with liberal/conservative. What it comes down to is that most people in this country, even those that don't want to admit it, believe it is basic right to have a third-party pay for your medical care, be it an insurance company or the government. When someone else is paying for you to have anything -- be it medical care, a car, food, hockey tickets -- the tendency is to seek out as much as you can. (Unless you have the Jewish mother guilt complex, which is still kind of rare). Relatively high demand, relatively low supply = higher prices. That's a close to a scientific law in economics as it gets.
ADDENDUM: You can also have a single-payer system, which ultimately is price controlling by another name. The amount the taxpayer ponies up for medical care might be lower, but it means you get shortages.
Edited by Daniel, 16 May 2012 - 01:03 PM.
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