2. March 2009 18:42
Read Seth’s latest article. Read it twice. Now, I’m going to quote my favorite line:
“The obvious reason is that the person at this post office has no incentive to make a sale.”
The person at the post office and indeed the post office itself has no reason to make a sale. If the post office loses 50% of it’s business nothing happens. That is because you, the taxpayer, will provide them with a wheelbarrow of cash to fund their operation no matter what. Imagine if the post office had to compete with FedEx to carry your mail? If my neighborhood garbage pickup was competitive would they stop losing the lid to my garbage can for fear of losing my business? Now imagine the (very likely possibility) all incentive is removed from providing you with health care, that the hospital is looking for any reason to get to no.
The people who think we need more, or different, or smarter regulations are missing the boat. It is human nature, and the nature of life on Earth that would have to change in order for the USPS to have the same motivation as FedEx. We can’t keep making rules contrary to our best interests and expect no consequences. We cannot simply pretend there is no difference between working for incentive and “collecting a paycheck”. We cannot keep claiming that while we can connect the world with technology, plan missions to Mars, and constantly push out our understanding of reality we “could never solve the logistical problem of of privatizing bulk mail”; that “health care will never work unless the government takes over.” The folks who claim this is the case are looking for any reason not to Get to Yes.