The Health Care Conundrum

The Economist has a fantastic pro free trade piece today. As I read the piece and got to thinking about how outsourcing often leads to lower costs but also to fewer jobs in that field, I realized that this country faces a real conundrum – healthcare costs vs. jobs. (maybe this has been mentioned before somewhere, I don't know) Think about it. Healthcare costs are enormous, and rising all the time. The healthcare industry is known for poor IT, uncontrolled costs, and just generally being inefficient. We can fix that. We can make healthcare more efficient and cheaper using technology, but what if it costs jobs? Is it worth putting people out of work to get better quality healthcare at a lower price? I think most of you know how I would answer that.

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