ON-Lion Letter
Obamacare was originally passed into law with the help of payoffs to industries in health care.  Now the law's machinery encourages each part of the medical sector to advocate for policy twists that benefit their group at the expense of other groups -- and of consumers above all, according to the February Organization Trends from the Capital Research Center (CRC) in Washington, D.C.

For instance, according to David Hogberg's "Insuring Crony Capitalism," the insurance industry wants to use government to squeeze drug makers, and part of this campaign involves a "nonpartisan" nonprofit think tank that's designed to persuade the public that price controls on drugs will be swell.  Actually, the history of price controls proves the opposite.  

If Americans want both innovation and incentives for lower prices, Hogberg writes, they will have to substitute competition in the marketplace for government-run health care.

Hogberg is a former senior fellow for health care policy at the National Center for Public Policy Research and a senior research associate at CRC.  He is the author of Medicare's Victims:  How the U.S. Government's Largest Health Care Program Harms Patients and Impairs Physicians.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports CRC.

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