Milk and wheat and corn are all regulated by the government. Utilities need to get government approval for rate hikes. What I think you mean is, ‘they shouldn’t’. And that’s just an ideology we don’t share.
No, what I mean is that it’s ill advised.
In the cases you mention you have 1930’s era government regs messing with the free market. Keeps prices low for people, right? Then, farmers start to struggle financially, so you add in farm subsidies to pay them the money you kept them from making in the first place.
That’s kind of the history of price controls. It;s the government creating imbalances that the government then is forced to step in and keep the whole system from coming apart. It’s right out of the Leninist play book, and Svetlana Voreskova can tell you first hand how that works out.
I trust the free market far more than I trust politicians. YMMV.
We don’t share that opinion because you view healthcare as something that should be bought and sold on some market.
You just can’t get through an entire post without putting words into my mouth, can you Ron?
It really doesn’t matter how you “view” it, philosophically. I said that before. It needs to be less expensive, and the way it becomes less expensive is best driven by free market choices rather than bureaucrats.
I view it as a public good, like education.
WTF? Education isn’t free. It’s paid for by taxation. And that’s kind of a crummy example, since we have the weakest educational outcomes in the developed world.