Conviscating professional services

I’ve been watching a lot of the health care debate and town-hall meetings lately, as I believe this is a seminal issue that will define our view of rights vs. privileges in this country for a long time to come.  Now the analogy that I am going to draw is a stretch, but it really is the general direction that we are currently headed.

What if some legislators decided that everyone in America had a right to ‘affordable’ professional tax preparation?  How would this potentially affect the market for tax preparation services?  Furthermore, these same legislators want to tell you how to provide this service and help you define the extent of service each client may need.  At the same time, they will tell you how much this service is worth under the auspice of ‘negotiating the best deal for the customer.’

Would you be excited to be providing services in this type of marketplace?  Would the customers be excited to receive the services that are grudgingly provided by professionals who used to work in a free enterprise?  Would there still be the same incentives to become more effective and efficient and utilize technology or would these improvements be mandated with more legislation and grudgingly implemented?

How do you think that doctors and patients will fare any better than other professionals under the same circumstance?  Are they so much more altruistic that it will work?


  1. says

    Being married to a doctor, this debate will have a significant impact on our family. I agree with your concerns. And my experiences with the government run organizations of the military and the IRS leave me very fearful of a government-run health care program. But maybe the democrats are right and I’m just not understanding how the plan with work, and the doctors will operate as they always have! Okay, that’s just crazy talk.

  2. says

    I am pleased to hear late this weekend that they are anticipating the votes in the Senate will not be sufficient for a public option. Hopefully they still integrate some reforms that will help the current systems operate more efficiently at the care level rather than just the insurance level. The rising cost of insurance is only a result of a rising cost of care. Treating the insurance symptom without understanding what drives care costs up would be great folly.