Patient FreedomJune 6, 2018 |
by Elizabeth Lee Vliet
Free markets in medicine are not “broken”; they have not been allowed to work since 1944 when wartime federal policies began disturbing market forces. Federal control of prices and service delivery further expanded following the Medicare Act of 1965.
In 2010, Obamacare crushed medical insurance plans, doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical device makers and home health agencies under an avalanche of expanded government control. Costs exploded. Patients suffered with fewer options for doctors, hospitals and access to treatment.
President Trump now seeks ways to unleash patient choices by eliminating many Obama-era rules and regulations that drive up costs and limit medical freedom.