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?