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Re: “Single-payer system would take the profit out of illness,” by Deborah A. Baro, Tuesday:
In response to Ms. Baro’s plea for single-payer medical care, allow me to point out that single-payer is a poetic euphemism for “monopoly.” The Left and the Right agree, philosophically, that monopolies are not good for the consumer.
A monopoly need not be responsive, innovative or caring. See the DMV, New York subway system, VA under Bush and Obama and the DSS.
Long lead times, subpar performance and absolutely no recourse are the hallmark of a monopoly. Make it a “government” monopoly and compound the disaster.
While “evil” profits do add to the cost, a system that is seeking profits must, for its own survival and selfish capitalistic interests, provide service and results, or else another entity seeking “evil” profits will improve the system and capture those profits. The beneficiary is the public, who can shop and steer those profits toward the entity that does the better job — aka the free market.
When you have managers and administrators who are protected by government tenure, there is absolutely no incentive to perform, be courteous or do your best. This is blatant human nature — no penalty to fail, so why try harder?
I’d rather pay more, and let a CEO own a yacht, but be seen quickly and cured than twiddle my thumbs for months only to be told there is nothing that can be done for me but I saved money.
Not a trade-off wise people are willing to risk.
The only government monopoly necessary is the armed forces and they get ridiculed — justifiably — by the Left for waste and overspending. What is it that makes liberals abandon their own criticism of monopolies by selectively choosing which part of our lives can be ruined by government?
Have you ever stood in line at any DMV office and then have to dance to demands, restrictions and protocol? Yep, I want that when I go for medical treatment — not!