abortion and free market health care
Some point to Lasik eye surgery as an example of free market success in keeping down medical costs. High medical expenses are one source of motivation for nationalized health care. Lasik is generally not covered by health insurance so the costs are paid entirely out of pocket. Since it's introduction, costs have fallen, due to increased competition. Since the surgery is a cash transaction and medical malpractice does not seem to be a tremendous problem in this field, the profits are still available for the service providers. Then I wondered, what other procedure benefits the same way? Abortion. Although it is covered by some insurers, not all women want the procedure on their records. Abortion also is usually a cash transaction. The doctors also seem almost immune from malpractice and they get away with murder. Maybe liberals will reject nationalized health care because it might cause the abortion industry to suffer.