Why is it important for the government to regulate health care? 

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First of all, we must note that there are many people who would argue that the government should not regulate health care.  Conservatives generally believe that the government should not regulate health care beyond what is needed to ensure patient safety.  In other words, the government should ensure that drugs are safe, but they should not do anything like “Obamacare” to ensure that health care is provided to all or to determine what sorts of health care should be offered to whom.

If we must agree that health care must be regulated, we can point to two main reasons.  First, we can say that health care must be regulated because it is such a huge industry.  Health care takes up such a huge amount of Americans’ income that it must be regulated by the government for the good of the country as a whole.  Second, we can say that it must be regulated because it is so important to people’s lives.  Health care is not some minor thing (we can argue) that can be left to the market because it is literally a matter of life and death.

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