This week's guest bloggage, Mythbusting Canadian Healthcare, Part II: Debunking the Free Marketeers, is up over at The Big Con.
This time, I took aim at some of the more broad-based false assumptions that free-market fundamentalists have tried -- sometimes successfully -- to promote in order to keep us from considering government-based health care solutions. The bottom line:
The private sector has had 20 years to prove that it could deliver low-cost, quality care using those vaunted business-style efficiencies; and it has failed us utterly and completely. This fact should be the ultimate nail in the coffin of the old conservative canard that "the free market always does it better." If that was true, privatizing health care would have been the shining example that proved it once and for all. Instead, all we got was a colossally expensive national disaster that's denying full coverage to a third of the country --- and putting our health, competitiveness, financial and social capital, and national security at risk in the process. It's also devastating the aspirations of our entire middle class, which is being hollowed out by our current health policies.Go check it out. I'll be back here with more in the morning.