For John, BLUF: Breaking up monopolies is a good thing. Nothing to see here; just move along.
I fairly often hear defenders of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act throw out the "so what is your solution?" Frankly, as I have been saying, the answer is to fund the Public Health Service to bring into uniform some 80,000♠ new physicians, physicians assistants and nurse practitioners and assign them to those areas where the density of physicians is low. Part of their charge would be the education of the population as to modern health practices and how the population should interact with the medical profession.
So, I was happy to see, in the blog Marginal Revolution, this item, "Is there a creeping deregulation of health care?" It is short, so I recommend you take a peek.
This is the kind of thing that Economist Hernando De Soto would approve. Regards — Cliff
♠ The number is probably not 80,000. It may be less. I leave the final number to the health economists.