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Healthcare once again dominated the headlines as Republicans continue to struggle in their efforts to replace Obamacare. Of course, as Ryan McMaken noted this week, that’s part of the Republicans' problem. The obsessions of Obamacare itself has prevented honest conversation about what was plaguing American healthcare prior to the “Affordable” Care Act becoming law. Instead of eliminating government intervention in the healthcare industry, the GOP simply wants their own intervention. The issues ailing American healthcare does not mean that socialized medicine is the answer. As George Pickering pointed out, the UK's National Health Service looks great only if you ignore minor details. Like mortality rates.
Instead, what is really needed is the elimination of the entire framework of the current highly regulated, subsidized, and manipulated healthcare market, and return to a free market where there is no room for government to get in the way of patient and doctor.
On Mises Weekends, Jeff is joined by Brion McClanahan and Allen Mendenhall to discuss the US Constitution.
Lysander Spooner called it "The Constitution of no authority." Conservatives fetishize it, but don't follow it. Progressives want it annulled. So what should libertarians think about America's founding document?
Brion and Allen give us the unadulterated history and unpleasant truths about constitutionalism– but also consider its underappreciated benefits. This is a discussion of the Constitution you won't hear anywhere else.
Below you'll find all the week's articles, in case you missed any of them:
- An Interview with Bettina Bien Greaves
- Does Britain Have the World’s Best Health System? Only If You Ignore Outcomes by George Pickering
- Money Supply Growth Falls Again, Dropping to 105-Month Low by Ryan McMaken
- Jeff Sessions's Pot War Is Up in Smoke in Nevada by Doug French
- Here's the True Definition of a Recession — It's Not About GDP by Frank Shostak
- Immunity for Prosecutors Encourages Fraud by William L. Anderson
- Big Military Spending Boost Threatens Our Economy and Security by Ron Paul
- Don't MacLean on Me by David Gordon
- To Fix Healthcare, We Need to Repeal a Lot More than Obamacare by Ryan McMaken
- Private Property and Higher Ed by Peter G. Klein
- How OPEC Became Irrelevant by Olav Dirkmaat
- Even Partial Drug Legalization Goes a Long Way in Protecting Property Rights by Ryan McMaken
- Space Cadets and Sex Changes: Our "Defense" Budget Is a Bad Joke
- War and Foreign Policy by Justin Raimondo
- Net Neutrality Strengthens Monopolies, Invites Corruption by Ryan McMaken
- Why Wage Growth Is So Weak by Frank Shostak
- How to Look at Tariffs by Murray N. Rothbard
- Can Japan End its Easy-Money Addiction? by Brendan Brown