Originally Posted by FishingRod
In most cases I agree with your Libertarian take on things and have no doubt our country would benefit greatly from more freedom, less government and considerably less meddling in the affairs of other countries but, sometimes what seems good on paper just doesn’t seem to pan out in the real world.
It is far more profitable for the Pharma industry to treat than cure. I don’t resent or blame them for this but, I know people would prefer to be cured instead of managed and treated. Our current medical system seems to be some unholy blending of socialism and capitalism that just keeps costing more to the average joe with mediocre results.
I'm not a Libertarian. That was not a Libertarian take either. It was a free-market take. Conservatives support free-market economics too.
The reason Big Pharma dominates is because they're connected to govt power as is the AMA. That's a big reason why allopathic medicine dominates. It reduces competition. So that is not a free-market driven phenomena. Markets just get the blame. This is because the left are unable to recognize a market driven phenomena because they don't understand free-market economics. Same for many others. They see cartel capitalism aka neo-mercantilism aka corporatism and call that free-markets. This is why you see me criticize education and media for these misconceptions.
Besides, the entire idea of the govt pushing HMOs back in the 1970s was to get preventative measures used more. How'd that non-market phenomena work out? Govt solutions rarely deliver the results they promise. They usually have far more unintended consequences.