by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor, John Locke Foundation
I agree that this is good news, especially given the fact that we are facing a pandemic.
But seriously, the headline might as well be this:
But only for a little while, officials say
Make no mistake: the state government has no business telling hospitals how many beds they think they need. Why do they do it? Because of Certificate of Need (CON) laws.
We’ve got one of the worst, most restrictive CON laws in the country. Fifteen states don’t have them at all. They got rid of them after the federal government got rid of the CON mandate (in 1987).
Why did the federal government get rid of the mandate? Because they could not longer escape the fact that CON laws, which were implemented on the daft notion that limiting supplies and cutting competition would lower prices, was causing higher health care prices.
All of this foolishness has brought us to this place. We have a health care regulation that needs to be set aside in the midst of a health crisis.
Jordan Roberts is right. Get rid of this restriction altogether.