Friedman on Health Care

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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar JosephFM says:

    Ironically, were it not for the AMA, we would likely have gotten a “socialized” single-payer system in the 1940s. Friedman was of course right that some form of monopolization, at least of basic and emergency medicine, inevitably would result from medical licensure.

    But to state that this is somehow part of a wider trend toward “the collectivization of our society” is ludicrous, and I chortled at his line about how “people are becoming more sophisticated about what government can accomplish” because of failed welfare programs, given that it’s precisely that attitude which leads us to the likes of Rush Limbaugh.

    A question on this point: how much influence does the AMA have over nursing degrees?Report

  2. Avatar JosephFM says:

    To clarify, I think that to the extent our society has, and continues to, become collectivized, it has done so largely in response not to government control but to the nature of capitalism and market pressures, supplanting the authentic person with the demographic identifier.Report