LP Health Care Planks

Libertarian Party

We favor a free market health care system. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.

oppose occupational and other licensing laws.

 

Libertarian Party Presidential Candidates

 

Jacob Hornberger: Repeal Medicare and Medicaid, eliminate occupational licensure which artificially limits the supply of health-care providers, and repeal healthcare and tax regulations.

 

Libertarian Party of Minnesota

we advocate the deregulation of the health care industry. Government intervention, restriction, and protectionism in the health care industry has driven up costs and decreased the supply of doctors, nurses, technicians, hospitals, and medical insurance. We advocate replacing compulsory or tax supported plans to supply health services or insurance with voluntarily supported efforts.

elimination of protectionist occupation licensing and mandatory certification laws

(Deregulation is the reduction or elimination of government power in a particular industry, usually enacted to create more competition within the industry.)

 

COMMENTS: Health is central to human happiness, well-being and productivity. It is true that health care is best provided by the free market with deregulation, including laws covering occupational and other licensing, medical facilities, and insurance and drugs. But pilot programs are needed to create models for licensing-free marketplaces, and insurance and drugs may require some minimal regulation. Meanwhile, other steps can increase competition between health care professionals, medical facilities, and insurance and drug companies.

 

 


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