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One Last Time: Markets Don't Ration!

APRIL 27, 2010 by SHELDON RICHMAN

The Wall Street Journal takes Donald Berwick, likely the next Medicare chief,  to task for saying, “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care—the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly.”

Fine. But then the editorial writer adds, “In fact, the real choice with medical care, as with any good or service, is between rationing via politics and bureaucratic lines or via a competitive market and prices.”

Wrong. Markets don’t ration, for the reasons I explain here.

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SHELDON RICHMAN

Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and TheFreemanOnline.org, and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families.

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