To be fair, the conference was titled “…Health Law Year in P/Review.” Given our lack of market influence in healthcare prior to the ACA, and even less of it now, a review of the past year and a preview of the current year should not involve a discussion of the actual root causes of our healthcare system’s issues. Sarcasm aside, these are issues that people must begin having serious discussions about. Rather than accepting the status quo and searching only for top down approaches to regulating healthcare, a critical analysis as to the cause of rising prices and lack of access should be undertaken, after which thoughtful policies aimed at mitigating costs could actually be implemented. We need people to have access to care, not insurance. Perhaps Abigail Moncrieff was correct in asserting that Obamacare has anchored what is acceptable as policy, and perhaps this itself is the problem.
In a humble conference room in St. Louis, medical student attendees heard eight speakers from diverse backgrounds enlighten them about the promise of healthcare freedom and protecting the patient-doctor relationship, and showed them—as future doctors—how they can be excited again about a positive future in medicine.
Health insurance is not meant to be used for routine expenses. Free market healthcare is about a cash based healthcare system. Consumers pay for routine medical costs out of pocket, aligning their incentives so they are naturally inclined to make the most efficient economic decisions. The only “single-payer” for routine care should be individual patients themselves.
“Ask any medical student, resident, or attending physician why they became a doctor, and nine times out of ten, you will get the same response: to take care of people. To take care of people. To take care of people. Not to make money, obtain social privilege, or add two more initials after their name.” ~Anonymous – a BRI Student Leader
“Although it is feasible to obtain competent knowledge of policy through diligent study, facilitating transformative discourse takes delicate skill and much practice. The healthcare solutions we desire to implement will not occur unless we begin changing the hearts and minds of those who oppose us. I implore you to begin planting free market idea seeds now, so one day soon people across this great nation will reap the rewards.” ~Anonymous, a BRI Student Leader