In many respects, the free market approach to health care has indeed been just what the doctor ordered, although not for patients. We spend twice as much on health care per person as western European countries do on average. Yet, according to the Commonwealth Fund, 81 million Americans are now either uninsured or underinsured — far more than during the Clinton administration. And with just a few exceptions, we rank well below almost every other developed country in measures of health outcomes, such as longevity and infant mortality.
There is fresh evidence almost every week that our uniquely American free market health care system continues to fail us.