Merry Christmas readers! And welcome to the Winter 2009–10 issue of The Objective Standard.
As politicians in Washington are crafting legislation concerning the American health-care industry, Americans should be aware of the actual meaning of the law that might soon be foisted on them. To that end, in “What the ‘Affordable Health Care for America Act,’ HR 3962, Actually Says,” John David Lewis asks ten crucial questions regarding the proposed law; examines what the proposed legislation actually says with respect to these questions; and evaluates the bill accordingly, showing that, if passed, it would massively expand government power over the health-care industry, virtually eliminate the remnants of freedom left in this market, and thus increase the U.S. government’s violations of individual rights by orders of magnitude.
Americans should also know who, other than politicians, is advocating such socialist legislation, why they are advocating it, and why they too will suffer the consequences of the statist policies they advocate. To this end, in “Pharmacide: The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Self-Destructive Effort to Loot America,” Cassandra Clark provides an illuminating view of the pharmaceutical industry, showing that industry executives have advocated and continue to advocate rights-violating legislation through which the companies gain revenue taken coercively by the government from American taxpayers—and further showing that the pharmaceutical industry’s advocacy of such legislation is killing .. . . Continue »