Health care is the ultimate test of libertarian principles. As Bryan Caplan, economics professor at George Mason University, wrote in a 2012 blog post, we are often asked, “What if a poor person gets sick, doesn’t have insurance, and can’t get friends, family, or charity to pay for treatment?”
“Transparent pricing, without using third party insurance or third party payers, offers a way out of politics. It doesn’t require Congress passing a massive bill to completely reform the healthcare system. It just requires individual providers deciding that they want nothing to do with the corrupt third party payment system, where so-called “non-profit” hospitals pocket so much of the revenue. It is non-ideological and non-partisan. It is the best hope for a free market healthcare system that we have.” ~Daniel Milyavsky, MS2, Stony Brook University College of Medicine
The good news is that your colleagues aren’t uninformed, and their ultimate goal probably isn’t to have the government run everybody’s life. Most likely, they are, like you, people of good will who want a system of government that will do the most good for the most people. Keep that in mind when you talk to them.
On free market healthcare: “The problem with Medicare Part D has nothing to do with capitalism at all! The government had banned itself from negotiating. Sure, the pharmaceutical companies had lobbyists who helped produce that result, but the fact that Congress is so influenced by corporate lobbyists is one of the problems with statism, and why free markets are preferable to central planning. On top of all this, the government also banned the re-importation of cheaper drugs from Canada. Drugs that are made in the United States are sold for cheaper prices in Canada, and yet we can’t re-import them at those cheaper prices!” ~Daniel D. Milyavsky, BRI-Stony Brook chapter president