Most industries are open to all firms willing to make the necessary initial investments to enter the market. If I want to open a bar in my neighborhood, can clear the zoning restrictions, and have the necessary capital to rent a space, fill it with booze, and market it to my prospective customers, then that bar will open, with me as its proprietor. This open process creates an environment in which businesses compete for customers, encouraging the innovation that leads to higher quality and lower prices. Requiring a prospective bar owner to obtain a permission slip showing a need for another bar in their neighborhood would obviously be ridiculous. Unfortunately, this is exactly the requirement made by the state of any entrepreneur looking to offer health care services.
I'm not too worried about the coming of the antichrist, but I think the drive to opt Missouri out of the REAL ID Act is a great idea.
Over at our main website, Steve Bernstetter has a great article about the need to ditch monopolistic "certificate of need" laws.
Eric Mink has an excellent article in the Post-Dispatch today about the proposed Mississippi River bridge. It is carefully researched and thorough and I agree with much
Governor Blunt has been on tour recently, promoting a new system for cataloging and sharing patient information between doctors and hospitals. According to Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph:
The Post has a write up of one of the most entertaining Supreme Court cases in recent memory, which was argued on Monday.
Governor Blunt wants to spend an additional $500,000 on the Show Me Healthy Women Program: