We don't have health care, we have a health care industry, we don't have water management we have a water management industry, we don't have communication, we have a communication industry. The whole of Mankind needs certain vital things that we all use and need such as these few, and we need them readily available, but when the remedy to these needs are put behind a toll booth we all pay about 30% more and receive about the same degradation in service. Utilities are such as these, we all need and use, why would we need an industry between us and a vital service? It would be different if the contracted service was a premium, but it's not, these "providers" have us over the proverbial barrel in many ways.This is an interesting perspective with which I have a few quibbles:
- Many problems (of cost and provision) in these areas are BECAUSE of government regulation, interference and distortions. The "industry" that surrounds water, health care and communication (and the military!) has something in common -- the government. Note that we do not worry about cost controls and poor quality in the computer, alcohol or car industries -- that's because they are mostly lightly regulated.
- WRT water, I'd say that many problems can be traced back to average cost accounting, which is required of many water providers (public or private). Because of this (and the way that it serves marginal demand at less than marginal cost), we get over-expansion and scarce supplies. When water is "privatized", the first action (raising prices, cutting back service) is frequently blamed on the private company when the real source is the government.
- Health care is worse, for similar reasons. Communications are not a human right.