Market “Impossibilities”


Here is a letter I recently sent to the Lansing State Journal:

In his recent letter, James W. Perkins claims that “The health-care system does not belong in the free enterprise arena, where one checks prices, then decides to buy or not to buy because the item can be done without. With health care, not treating the condition can lead to worse health or death – that’s not a free enterprise decision. Leaving crucial, desperate, life or death health concerns in the hands of those who are in profit making businesses is not wise” (“Market can’t run health,” November 25).

Changing a few words in his statement revels why such a statement is faulty. “Growing food does not belong in the free enterprise arena, where one checks prices, then decides to buy or not to buy because the item can be done without. With the food industry, not eating can lead to worse health or death – that’s not a free enterprise decision. Leaving crucial, desperate, life or death health concerns in the hands of those who are in profit making businesses is not wise.”

Kurt Bouwhuis

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