By Calvin Palmer
With healthcare reform the dominant issue throughout the United States at the moment, Jacksonville entered the debate with a forum held in Mandarin this week.
The Florida Times-Union in its report said the only panelist among the panel of North East Florida healthcare leaders and analysts who was a clear supporter of President Obama’s reforms was met by derisive laughter.
Meanwhile, applause followed every utterance by Robin Lumb, the Duval County Republican Party’s healthcare policy analyst.
He said that healthcare’s increasing costs could be traced to over-regulation. Strip away the rules and renewed competition would drive costs down, he said.
“It’s slow-motion socialism,” he said of the congressional plans, adding that he was speaking for himself and not necessarily his party.
I cannot wait for Lumb’s free-market solution to be put into practice.
The financial crisis was due in no small part to the lack of regulation and free competition being given full rein in the banking and insurance industries.
So Lumb proposes the same measures that brought the U.S. financial system to the verge of total collapse, and created the global recession, to be applied to healthcare.
I can only conclude that Lumb is either very wealthy or particularly stupid. Actually, he is probably both.
I can just see him having his cardiac surgery performed by the Colombian surgeon, recently immigrated to the U.S., who only charges $10, as opposed the Johns Hopkins educated surgeon who charges $35,000 or whatever the true cost is for quality care.
I like Lumb. The more he opens his mouth, the more he confirms that he will be supporting the party of opposition in the U.S. for many years to come.
[Based on a report by The Florida Times-Union.]