Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The free market and distributive justice

In summarizing the relationship between the United States health care system and "wealth as a distributive mechanism," in The Law of Health Care Organization and Finance, law professor Barry R. Furrow, et al., argues that "the libertarian approach" "accept[s] the current distribution of resources as a general matter." Furrow goes on to place the "egalitarian" approach "at the other extreme from the libertarian marketeers," summarily concluding that such an approach necessarily requires the state to ration and allocate resources. The left-conflationism in the text is so thick that it largely spoils any useful insights that Furrow and company might have stumbled upon; they could benefit from reading Kevin Carson's study on health care costs in the United States.