Contact FreedomWorks

111 K Street NE
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20002

  • Toll Free 1.888.564.6273
  • Local 202.783.3870
WATCH NOWWe The People Week, Make DC Maryland Again, and DeSantis Dunks on 60 MinutesWatch Here


McCain and the Free Market


Dean Baker is technically correct to say that John McCain "doesn't support free-market health care," but mostly in the sense that absolutely everyone who supports, even grudgingly, leaving some of the current government health-care funding and regulatory infrastructure in place doesn't support free-market health care. Moreover, the article he links to doesn't even claim that McCain supports a purist free-market approach, only that his policy proposals rely more heavily on free-market ideas than that of his competitors (though his announcement of a special Medicaid trust fund to cover people who can't get insurance due to pre-existing conditions makes that less true). Perhaps most annoying is Baker's accusation that McCain's support for drug patents should be a reason to strip the candidate's free-market credentials. That's fairly absurd, nearly like saying that anyone who supports police protection of property rights doesn't really believe in free markets. It's true that free-marketers have differing views on the scope of patent law and IP protections. And, yes, some even believe that there should be no patents. But it's hardly settled free-market dogma that patents should not exist, period, and it's vexing that Baker, who knows better (or ought to), should make such a claim.