Kentucky politicians of both parties need help understanding that artificially limiting the supply of healthcare services keeps prices artificially high.
Fortunately, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gets it. Senate President David Williams is Sen. John McCain’s campaign chairman for Kentucky. Maybe he can get Palin to come here and explain it to him like she did to the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News back in February:
“The Certificate of Need is being used by lobbyists and health-care organizations to limit competition — through appeal of other’s certificate awards or by filing suit against the state for those awards. As one member of a citizen committee studying CON in 2007 put it: “the only voices heard (testifying for continuing CON even more stringently) were from the financially vested physicians and hospitals.” Currently, there are seven active Certificate of Need lawsuits involving the state and private sector health-care providers.”
“As I said recently in my State of the State Address to the Legislature, “Under our present Certificate of Need process, costs and needs don’t drive health-care choices — bureaucracy does. Our system is broken and expensive.” Eliminating the CON program, with certain exceptions, will allow free-market competition and reduce onerous government regulation.”
After Palin comes here and sets us straight, then she could go talk to officials in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan and show them how to lower their healthcare costs.