Deregulation?

Just today I read that John McCain wants to de-regulate health care. Mr. McCain believes that the way the market functions best is when government leaves its hands off. In an ideal society where everyone really is honest with everyone else and real market forces are at play. It won’t work here and it can’t because the playing field isn’t level. I think we ought to deregulate prisons. Let’s get rid of the guards and let the prisoners come and go as they might. I’m sure they’ll all return to their cells everyday because they know that’s what’s expected of them. Let’s not stop there. Let’s deregulate roadways. No more speed limits. We’ll just let entropy take over. If we get rid of stoplights and other traffic devices like speed limits the roads will come to govern themselves. Intersections will become filled with enough debris so that traffic will have to slow down to get around it. I think we ought to de-regulate firearms laws. Why shouldn’t you be allowed to own your own howitzer or RPG. It’d be handy during deer season. You could get half a herd with one shot.  What planet is McCain on? Deregulation has destroyed our airlines. It has destroyed Wall Street and Main Street too. One good thing about de-regulation is there would be no need for lawmakers and we could send Congress home. That would save a lot of money.

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One Response to Deregulation?

  1. plainfoolish says:

    Amen.

    After the hassle I’ve had to go through (twice now) to find out whether a particular clinic was included in my health plan (and thus was a mere $15 copay) or was off-network (a minimum of $250), I more than ever envy people from countries where the insurance companies do not decide who does and does not get treatment or where. My particular plan is particularly egregious in that I cannot easily find out what is and is not included, because the insurance provider gives a list of health care providers, though not all of them are on the network, and I must call the network to find out. The network, of course, is not listed on my insurance card, and neither is its provider directory. The provider directory also requires you to choose which of several logos are printed on the front or back of the card (mine has different logos on the front and back, which means what?)

    Apparantly, one needs to be a Ph.D. in their plan, just to learn who is or is not available in an emergency. I’ve called the number and was assured that it was on-network, but the website doesn’t seem to be so reassuring.

    And frankly, when I’m in need of stitches, I really don’t think I should have to work that hard at figuring out where to go.

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