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Free Market Health Plan

eBooks Low Prices

Milk Pricing

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The Free Market focuses on the individual consumer and his or her needs. The Free Market Pricing System has produced more goods and provided more services to more people than any other economic system in history. It relies on individual ingenuity, initiative to innovate and invent new technologies and new ways of doing business. Like Constitutional Limited Government, which promotes the sanctity of individual freedom, the Free Market is an Act of Faith free in individuals to cooperate to evolve a community based on voluntary exchange for mutual benefit without direction from a coercive central planner imposing his or her vision on others.

"Social Darwinism" is a perversion of the free market ideas. Adam Smith begins his Theory of Moral Sentiments "How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it. Of this kind is pity or compassion, the emotion which we feel for the misery of others, when we either see it, or are made to conceive it in a very lively manner. "

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Free Market Consumer Driven Health Plan

Marginal Revolution discusses Consumer Driven Health (Free Market) plans which "... now cover well over 8 million individuals, up considerably from 4.5 million in 2007 and these types of plans continue to grow rapidly. So what have been the results?" Café Hayek, once again, brings this mportant analysis to our attention.

And Don Boudreaux does the math for a colleague's CDH plan.

eBooks Low Prices Benefits Readers and Authors

Amazon's low price of $9.99 for recent books benefits the consumer even if the publishers earns less and the authors would seem to do better. More books sold means more readers and more readers mean more authors and finances imagination, creativity and the self-expression of individual perspective of the world. Seems like a good thing. Low prices raise the standard of living, don't they? In the Free Market, it is consumer's wants and needs that are the focus.

What Does This Have to Do With the Price of Milk in PA?

In Pennsylvania, Milk, Buttermilk and Cream prices are controlled by the government which sets the prices. The theory is that this protects the farmer-producer. As the article points out, the complexity of interacting rules and regulations result in unintended consequences and, in this case, exactly opposite results to those planned.

Shocking though is that Milk Prices are artificially high, that is, the milk consumer is screwed although, in this article, the farmer complains he is screwed. Government intervention in the market does not seem to give the promised results. "In order to ensure that more-perishable drinking milk is always available, the federal milk marketing system sets drinking milk prices higher than the prices for milk that goes to manufactured (cheese) products."

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