LIB­ER­TAR­IAN HEALTH CARE: RE­PEAL AND DEREG­U­LATE

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

The health care clash con­tin­ues, pit­ting Repub­li­can against Demo­crat. A third com­bat­ant has en­tered the fray, how­ever: The Lib­er­tar­i­ans now are weigh­ing in on the chal­lenge to cre­ate a work­able, healthy health care sys­tem out of the loose ends and left­overs of Trump­care and Oba­macare.

“Al­though Lib­er­tar­i­ans might dis­agree on what con­sti­tutes mean­ing­ful health care re­form, it makes no sense to re­place one bad plan with an­other. Oba­macare is like two gov­ern­ment bu­reau­crats and an in­sur­ance com­pany bu­reau­crat get­ting be­tween you and your doc­tor. The Repub­li­cans would re­place that with two in­sur­ance bu­reau­crats and a gov­ern­ment bu­reau­crat be­tween you and your doc­tor,” de­clares Ni­cholas Sar­wark, chair­man of the Lib­er­tar­ian Na­tional Com­mit­tee.

“The Lib­er­tar­ian so­lu­tion is to re­peal and dereg­u­late. You don’t cover oil changes with your car in­sur­ance. You should not be forced to cover flu shots with your health in­sur­ance, lard­ing the cost with over­head and prof­its that flow to in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies,” he says, point­ing out that a cer­tifi­cate of need must be ap­proved be­fore new hos­pi­tals and other health care fa­cil­i­ties can be built in 35 states.

“Econ 101 tells us that re­strict­ing the sup­ply of med­i­cal care in­creases costs,” Mr. Sar­wark ad­vises. “Re­peal and re­place Oba­macare with Oba­macare light? The Lib­er­tar­ian Party says no. In­stead, re­peal and re­place with mas­sive dereg­u­la­tion that will make the health care mar­ket com­pet­i­tive again and re­sult in lower prices for every­one.”

LIB­ER­TAR­IAN PARTY

Lib­er­tar­i­ans have en­tered the health care fray, vow­ing to “re­peal and dereg­u­late” to cre­ate a sys­tem bet­ter than Trump­care or Oba­macare.

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