Letter: The visible finger
Re “Unions have the upper hand” (Sunday Monitor Viewpoints, Sept. 7):
Columnist Grant Bosse contends that New Hampshire employees should have to pay a deductible for their health care costs so as to provide an incentive for them “to limit their consumption of medical services.” Consistent with his apparent libertarian ideology, he thus treats medical care as a commodity best delivered by the wonderful Invisible Hand of the unfettered free market. So if we face a health crisis at 3 o’clock some morning, we can rely on the free market to come through? Perhaps, if we are not too sick to get ourselves to a competent medical provider and if we have the means to pay them. On the other hand, if we happen to be too sick or just not rich enough, the Invisible Hand becomes the visible finger.
I prefer the philosophy of Canadian sage Red Green: Keep you stick on the ice, and remember that we are all in this together.