We have a friend who regularly blames the free market for the state of health care, and he believes that it should be regulated by government to suppress the corruptive greed factor that has made the system the way it is. He is partially right. Greed is at the heart of the problems, but we have to part ways regarding the solution. Funneling even more of our scarce money to the most corrupt members of our society by force of law is hardly going to quell their unethical behaviors or greed. It will only embolden them to pillage us worse. What has happened, and will happen with the new health care bill is a testament to the fact that we really ought to be careful what we wish for.
The Power of Free Markets
A free market is not what we have. Free markets are not elitist systems with modern age aristocracies that are designed to keep the masses sick, dumbed-down, and 'in their place'. A free market is one in which people are rewarded for their labors and innovations; regardless of whether individuals have come from special families, or secret societies. A free market is approximately the opposite of what we currently have, and the elitist nature of the health care bill is a perfect example. (ie. 90% of Americans do not want it, and yet it is law — for the moment).
The Internet has finally given rise to knowledge of better health alternatives, for they cannot control the Internet — yet. Thus, they had to find methods to force all of us to pay into their broken system of experimental chemical disease management, under the system's own terms, regardless of whether we wish to be a part of it, or not. There is nothing 'free' about that, and it is a con-job of epic proportions. Nothing has changed with this broken system, which embraced financial blood-letting long ago, except that all of us are about to be forced to subsidize it; regardless of our health, and regardless of whatever superior options that we would rather vote for with our dollars. By governmental mandate, our money will be spent to keep things exactly as they are. Remember that as you bury your loved ones.
If the market were even remotely free, then at least some of that money could be used for superior alternatives (virtually all alternatives are), and regular people could opt-out (not just the Amish and the Indians). The elites know that if insurance paid for superior alternatives, then their broken disease-inflicting pharmo-chemical industry would be dead in less than a generation; so instead, we are all forced to subsidize it. It's not just subsidizing the richest people of the aristocracy either, who have intentionally made it the way that it is; but it is furthermore subsidizing an industry of genocidal chemical warfare against its own people, and anyone who has studied the pharmaceutical industry long enough knows that this is as true as the Gospel -- curing is bad for business, and they will never cure you of anything. They will merely get you into 'The System', and then make certain that the illnesses that their own products produce will make you their drug addict for the rest of your life. Take for example, Bayer's "cure" for morphine addiction, which was their biggest seller in history. It was called heroin. Coincidence, right? Maybe you should check-out their former "cure" for opium addiction. I'll leave it at that.
This is how it really works:
"The FDA protects the big drug companies, and is subsequently rewarded, and using the government's police powers, they attack those who threaten the big drug companies. People think that the FDA is protecting them. It isn't. What the FDA is doing, and what the public thinks it is doing are as different as night and day."
-- Dr. Herbert Ley, Former Commissioner of the U.S. F.D.A.
In a truly free market, health care would be cheap and effective for all of us. Cheap and effective is terrible for business, so the industry is broken by design.