Government as Free Market Competitor — What a Concept!
The underlying premise of the President’s approach to healthcare reform is that a government controlled entity which competes with private suppliers of healthcare insurance will create competitive cost savings by forcing the private sector to be more efficient. Is that really true? Aside from the obvious logical problem that the government is most decidely not a free-market actor, where has this ever been done with the result that free market forces bring costs down to “normal” market rates? Where and when? Don’t the American people deserve some real proof of the efficacy of such a project before we give over such a large part of our economy to government control? And especially where that part of the economy involves the most intimate and personal decisions about one’s life and health?
Have we really come to the point where such Orwellian speech that government is a free-market competitor is actually a legitimate point? Have we really arrived at the notion that “normal” market costs only occur where the government competes? It makes no sense. It is a far cry from anti-trust regulation: the government does not set itself up as the monopoly breaker by setting up a competing government-run company.
Governor Palin, we need you to address these questions. We need you to lead the banner of free market economy against this patent attack on our fundamental economic values.