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Republican's self-contradictory position on public health care

by Ari Rutenberg

According to Republicans, the private enterprise is inherently more efficient that the government. Therefore private enterprise will always be better at its task than the government.

But if that's the case, then why are they afraid of public health care competing with private care? If private enterprise is always more efficient, then won't they simply out-compete and outperform the public system?

Of course Republicans are actually arguing that private enterprise needs to be protected from public competition. Which means that private enterprise doesn't actually inherently do a better job.

So which is it, free-marketers? Is private enterprise always better, or does it need protection from government competition?