Originally Posted by Conrad
My argument isn't switching. I'm just knocking down straw men.
Shopping is what brings down prices.
Let me put it this way.
We just saw Albert Pujols get 254 million dollars to hit a baseball. Over the past 11 years, no one has done it better - and its measurable.
I would expect a doctor who does boob jobs as well as Pujols hits baseballs to be able to charge more - and yes - people will find a way to pay him/her. And, guess what? Word of mouth lets people know who does the best boob jobs.
There are all sorts of ways to measure medical outcomes - and the proficiency of a group or individual doctors. And, there are plenty of smart people who can help others figure it out if they're confused.
It's about freedom.
Once government decides who lives and dies?
We're completely gone as a nation.
And, that is where the current path leads.
Again you are assuming that shopping always brings down prices. I have identified at least one data point where that is not correct. There are others as well.
Your arguments on allowing choice, including allowing consumers to balance cost with outcome, are spot on. I have no disagreement. But they in no way support your insistance that shopping around always results in lower prices. Frankly, your assertions are bordering on dogma at this point.. Since it is clear that ardently subscribe to it, I will stop trying to convince you otherwise. But you merely repeating it over and over ignores this fact.