Taking out local barriers is key to retaking local healthcare freedom, and we can leverage practical Federalism to do so.
Michigan well remembers the slow retreat of COVID mandates. In the face of public opposition, Executive Orders became MDHHS orders, which phased into county Public Health Department orders. What happened next depended entirely on local context.
Safe to say, few of us ever pictured school boards and county commissioners as first defenders of our essential liberties. Nevertheless, when it came down to practical local liberty, the neglected bottom of the ballot played a greater role than most voters ever dreamed possible.
When Michigan used health policy to mandate and track us, and to shut down businesses and local healthcare, it worked from the top down through multiple channels. The buck stopped at our school board members and county commissioners. We saw them in their true colors, and rediscovered accountability as the reason for elections.
However, we shouldn’t stop there.
Knowing the state’s progression, we can expand on it to tackle deeper issues and advance healthcare freedom.
Local governments create healthcare costs for patients and perpetuate the economic tyranny of healthcare.
In order to make a difference in your town, ask these questions:
- Do local ordinances block healthcare start-ups?
- Who serves on your local zoning board?
- What permits are required?
- Are up-front waivers available, or do they require more paperwork?
Given local freedom, healthcare startups can bring innovation, competition, better work conditions, and improved access to care to your area.
Local Barriers prevent the full potential of Federalism
By getting involved, you can develop two important elements for defending healthcare freedom.
The first element is pure defense: local office-holders can protect local healthcare freedom from external pressures such as MDHHS.
What makes a totalitarian society totalitarian is that there are no middle institutions between the individual and the government.
– Rod Dreher, Live Not By Lies
John Calvin developed the doctrine of the lesser magistrate in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, first published in 1536. When a king became tyrannical, a middle authority was responsible to defend the people’s liberty.
The American Founders built on this concept when they designed our separation of powers known as federalism. The Constitution limited the federal sphere of authority with such phrases as, “reserved to the states or to the people” in the 10th Amendment.
The second element goes on the offense: local offices are a platform to influence the next sphere of authority, and so on.
Individuals were never meant to fight big government alone: that’s why we elect representatives of all levels. Leveraging their strength to defend healthcare freedom begins at the local foundations.
I highly recommend the Health Rosetta’s new video, featuring Dave Chase and the LOCAL framework for more practical ideas to break our healthcare system’s economic tyranny.