What does this mean? It means we must be guided by two priorities during the current emergency:
These two priorities, however, should be achieved in a manner that honors our heritage of constitutional government. The question for policymakers thus becomes how to attain these goals while also:
No doubt, various methods can be employed to increase healthcare supply and access. The healthcare economy, for instance, could be nationalized, with the federal and state governments commandeering factories and forcing them to make face masks and respirators. Doctors and nurses could also be conscripted and made to work in localities with the most need.
Such draconian measures should only be employed as a last resort. It is our task to determine whether supply-side, market reforms can meet the current need in a way that maximizes freedom and strengthens the free market. In fact, we are already experiencing the benefits of such an approach. Consider the following:
Closer to home, Gov. Tate Reeves is pursuing a similar path by encouraging health care providers to consider how regulatory requirements are limiting healthcare access.
Clearly, much more needs to be done to cut red tape so that we may more effectively respond to the coronavirus.
Part II of this report will look at additional healthcare reforms that would save lives and increase access during the current emergency.