Another gunman has gone on a shooting rampage. Everybody from politicians and opinion makers to John and Jane Public express outrage. Partisans get behind their well-worn(out) talking points. “See what happens when guns are so freely available.” “Who needs this type of gun to hunt?” “Background checks.” “Violent videogames (tv shows, books, comic books, etc.) are the cause!” “We need to deal with mental health.” There’s actual merit in each point, but it’s crazy what America does with the least sane amongst us.
In theory it’s great to get more people access – but with deductibles, co-payments and other restrictions, how many people will get actual healthcare?
As a free market capitalist, I have to admire the insurance companies and how they’ve totally co-opted the healthcare industry. When Richard Nixon began Federal regulation of the healthcare industry 40 years ago it was unimaginable that anybody other than doctors would be making medical decisions. Today the first African American President’s signature legislative achievement is the one that further cements the insurance companies at the center of the healthcare system and doesn’t help out sick people. As somebody who’s seen friends and family suffer (and die) because of these rules and regulations, I’m at complete odds with myself.