Schrödinger’s Senator, the physics paradox known in this dimension as Rand Paul, the senator from the multiverse where anything is possible including being elected preznint in the 2016 Goat Rodeo and being elected to the Senate or both or neither can happen at the same time or never tells us that we should be able to buy health insurance for a dollar a day if healthcare were truly pure in capitalism, because we “consumers” would shop around for it (Lasik!) and drive down the price:
Patients are not consumers. One doesn’t just on a whim say, “oh, I’ll skip chemo until the price goes down,” or decide that “I can wait until next payday for that stent,” and I’ve yet to see transplants on sale at the Piggly-Wiggly. Oddly, healthcare is not an a la carte item. Go figure.
When Rand Paul get to the part of the interview where he replies to Willie Giest (a meeting of equal depth if ever there was one) that he wanted to legalize inexpensive insurance by removing regulations so it would cost a dollar a day, you can hear a giggle from the panel. I was amazed that it wasn’t a guffaw.