by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
For well over two decades the political class has debated the cost of health care coverage and what to do about it, without ever addressing the possibility that their intervention in the health care marketplace has created most of the problem. Rather than acknowledge the difference between health care coverage, health insurance, and actual health care of people, they have allowed the special interests within the insurance and medical industries to manipulate policy to the point that coverage costs are spiraling out of control and actual access to health care is plummeting. While the current debate focuses on one side pledging to repeal the “Affordable Care Act” and the other side pledging to fight to save it, no one is talking about how to reintroduce to health care the free market forces that built this country and have proven to be the most powerful force ever for improving the human condition, including health care.
Despite all of the restrictions imposed by politicians, some medical professionals have declared that enough is enough and have sidestepped the insurance system to bring market forces back to the health care industry.