I am a strong advocate of free markets, although I'm not dogmatic about it--I favor government intervention in markets to restrain anti-competitive behavior, and to insure that companies don't foist externalities upon the public (e.g. pollutants). As part of my dedication to free markets, I'm also an advocate of free trade.

But I don't think that you've thought through all the implications of some of your statements. For example:

"Imagine if we treated healthcare like electronics!"

Then wouldn't all of our doctors would be Chinese? 😆

"There would be so much more innovation in the industry! Billions of lives would be saved as there’d be so many more vaccines, cures, and doctors."

Um, what's stopping startups from creating new medical devices? How is government preventing pharmaceutical companies from making new medications? The fact is that markets for medical devices and medications are already quite free. True, the government does insist that companies not sell products that kill people. Do you have any objections to that?

"Prices would dramatically come down as consumers would be much more price conscious. Quality would go up as consumers would have much more choice and look at their doctors Yelp reviews with the same critical eye they bring to buying a hamburger."

I suggest that you should take a little time to learn more about healthcare economics. Yes, consumers would be more price conscious if they had to pay for medical care themselves--but then of course lots of people would die because they can't afford health care.

And the notion of judging doctors by reviews on Yelp is truly ludicrous! You'll get nutcase reviews from people who are angry that the doctor wouldn't prescribe opiates, or who didn't follow the doctor's dietary recommendations and then blame the doctor for their ailment. You cannot intelligently review something that you don't know.

"Colleges would have to drop their tuition since no one would be able to afford it anymore. The price of colleges would drop down to 1980s levels when there was less government intrusion"

Add education economics to the list of things you need to learn about. The rising cost of education is not due to greedy professors or evil bureaucrats.

Next, you propose a jobs guarantee for all Americans. Sounds great! Who's going to pay for it?

Master of Science, Physics, 1975. Computer Game Designer. Interactive Storytelling. www.erasmatazz.com

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