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Subject:  Re: smaller government, DrB? Date:  5/18/2013  6:38 AM
Author:  NailThatJello Number:  423181 of 507111

Mandating standardized price disclosure from hospitals (and insurers) would greatly increase market transparency and promote competition. Of course the free market doesn't produce that by itself (at least not in the healthcare market) and this would require government regulation.

What free market are you referring to? Health care is dominated by a monopoly called the American Medical Association which profits handsomely by blocking the free market. These are the same guys trying to undermine the Affordable Health Care Act, putting a range of right wing nuttos to good use in aiding and abetting that cause.

But health care isn't the only sector of our economy suffering under the public's delusion of free marketism. Take agriculture, for instance - massively subsidized in order to buy Midwestern votes.

Critics of the practice of providing American-grown grains to international charities say it hurts local farmers by increasing competition. Addressing this problem, the Obama administration is proposing that the government buy some food in developing countries instead of just shipping food produced by American farmers.

But farm bills passed this week by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees reauthorized the food aid program and left it largely intact, in the agriculture budget.

Supporters of the current food aid program, like shippers, agriculture trade groups and some antihunger charities, said they were pleased that the Agriculture Committees kept it in the farm bill. “Our position is that we need to keep the food in food aid,” said Dale Moore of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “What we are wondering is why they need to make this radical change...”

Several antihunger charities, which have long supported major changes to the food aid program, said they were disappointed by the Senate and House farm bills, but not surprised by them.

“We would have liked to have seen more movement on this in the farm bill; I really wouldn’t call what they did reform,” said Blake Selzer, a senior policy advocate with CARE, a group that in 2007 stopped taking food from the government to sell.

Big business wins again, by undermining the free market with mercantile export subsidies. Poor starving people lose.
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