Before the Democrat Congress forced Obamacare on America (and long before we started hearing about “Medicare For All”), I was saying that we needed a solution to providing affordable health care that had both government and market components. My suggestion was a subsidized pool for those with serious health problems who couldn’t afford or qualify for private insurance, and free market reforms to reduce costs for everyone else, like making prices for health services transparent and increasing competition across state lines.
Well, while the Democrats are pushing the budget-busting, rationed-care, government takeover model, Walmart is testing a pilot program to see if transparent pricing and consumer-based competition can make basic health care affordable even for those without insurance. Here’s an article about the one in Dallas, Georgia:
The program is called Walmart Health, and the chain is putting clinics in several of its Superstores around the country to test it. Depending on the store, you might get an annual check-up for $30, an eye exam for $45 or a dental exam for $25, x-rays included. That’s not the co-pay, it’s the full price even if you don’t have insurance. Talk about one-stop-shopping: while Dad is checking out the power tools, Mom can get an ear exam, a flu shot and even low-cost counseling to help her deal with Dad’s power tool habit. The prices are all posted online, where you can also see if there’s one near you and easily schedule an appointment.
If Walmart can prove that free-market solutions can provide affordable health care for all and we don’t need the government taking over, it will give us all reason to celebrate. Except leftist elites, who’ll have one more reason to hate Walmart and those of us who shop there.