WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, dozens of protesters staged a “die-in” – blocking the hallway in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office – to protest against the Republican Party’s new healthcare reform bill, the American Healthcare Act (AHCA).
In the Democratic address, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) voiced her disapproval of the effort by House Republicans and President Donald Trump to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something different. Shaheen insisted Trump did not have a
President Donald Trump made big news on January 31, when he met in the White House with top pharmaceutical company executives. Or at least he deserved to make big news, because the issues he raised in the West Wing’s Roosevelt Room will prove to be central to the health, and wealth, of every American.
As we await the debut of the Trump administration’s healthcare policy, perhaps it will be helpful, providing a useful context, if we step back and consider the wisdom of the 19th century free-market economist, Frédéric Bastiat. In 1848, in an essay entitled “What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen,” Bastiat argued that shortsighted people look only at immediate and obvious effects, which could be harmful, while farsighted people look to longer-term and not-so-obvious effects—which could be beneficial.