Does Sebelius Believe in Capitalism? No. No She Doesn’t.

By Caomhin

As the American people have done a tremendous job of expressing their strong opposition to the health care bill, it appears the White House is retreating on the public option. The bill itself should be scrapped and should be started over from scratch on free market principles, and there are a few things that can be done to achieve true reform.  These things include:  tort reform, removing barriers of competition by allowing insurance companies to sell products across state lines, and allow FSAs to HSAs  to be treated the same way, thus allowing the money you contribute to be rolled over, accumulate interest, remain tax advantage and allow you to move between health plans as you see fit. Yet, as we have seen in the debate thus far, the Administration has vilified the market, the American people, and insurance companies rather than seeking feedback and input from all sides and looking for a way to implement true reform.  They tried to railroad this bill down American’s throats and the PEOPLE, not the interest groups, stood up and opposed this plan.  Americans believe in freedom, we believe in the free market.  We believe that the national debt is a monstrous problem for the long term stability and financial health of this nation and we have moved to stop the madness of politicians on both side who have no grasp of economics, decency, or common sense.

My greater point here is to remind you, that indeed, the Administration, or, at least Sebelius, though I suspect the vast, vast majority of those who occupy the White House, simply do not believe in the free market and that the reason this debate is so heated is that is one of ideology.  This quote from Sebelius in the aforementioned article illustrates this:

“That’s really the essential part, is you don’t turn over the whole new marketplace to private insurance companies and trust them to do the right thing.”

Yet, that is exactly what you do in a free market, in a free society that adheres to the capitalist system.  Our decision making rewards and punishes companies based on their performance and the quality of their goods.   It is easy to express displeasure with one producer by simply moving to the next or using a different product, thereby affecting a company’s bottom line and decision making.  The more freedom that exists in the market, the easier it is to hold companies accountable, and yet here in the United States, a resident of Pennsylvania can not buy an insurance plan from New Jersey or vice versa?  We do not have a free market in health care and that is the biggest problem we face today.  With this is mind, compare Sebelius’ quote the the Merriam-Webster definition of capitalism:

an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.

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