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The problem with government setting policy on any issue, especially when emotion-focused media get involved, is they strive for something that can never be achieved — perfection, and in the process usually waste money and make the problem far worse. No system will EVER be perfect, but as far as the media & politicians are concerned, it’s simply unfathomable that in an imperfect system, sometimes the best thing to do is NOTHING! Take the health care system for example. Thirty years ago it was incredibly cheap & efficient. I remember my first year out of college I had a typical health plan most people had (which required $0 in payroll deductions). I broke my toe that year which later required surgery. Plus, I was getting regular allergy shots. My total out-of-pocket expenses for the year were a few hundred dollars, and that includes the $2 copay on my prescriptions. Quality & access options were incredible. As great as it was, the system wasn’t perfect — for example, many were uninsured, pre-existing conditions usually weren’t covered, and health privacy was sometimes lax. These problems definitely sucked, but society had plenty of workarounds to help. Emergency medicine always took in the uninsured, and several charitable organizations helped fill the gaps for those who didn’t have coverage. Most hospitals & medical personnel were instituting their own methods to protect privacy.
Again though, the system wasn’t perfect, so government had to stick its nose in things. Bill Clinton passed HIPAA & other burdensome regulations, George W. Bush added a costly prescription drug program, and then, of course, Obamacare was passed. All three of those presidents expanded Medicare & Medicaid. Initially, each solved some problems, but the system evolved into the inefficient, incredibly expensive mess we have today. And we have FAR more uninsured now since many simply can no longer afford the exorbitant cost. You see that strive for perfection mucking things up everywhere in government. How else do you explain a tax system that went from 1% on the income of the rich to one now that requires millions of pages of tax code statutes, regulations, interpretations, court decisions, etc.?
Government should stay out of everything that can be significantly solved in the private sector, keeping in mind perfection will never be achieved. If government wants to fix a badly broken system getting worse, how about going after Big Tech censorship? The tech billionaire oligarchs are accumulating ever-increasing unchecked power, stomping on individual freedom in the process, and Americans have no recourse to stop it.