Last night, Matt and I went to our local PA Wine and Spirits store to grab some grog. I saw a sign at the cash register announcing that some merlot was half-price at $9.99, "the lowest price in the US!" because of Pennsylvania's bulk "purchasing power." Pennsylvania has some pretty odd alcohol laws in comparison with other states. The state itself purchases all the alcohol that is distributed in Pennsylvania and then sells it at state-owned bottle shops. This enables the state to not only reap some pretty amazing profits, but apparently keep prices low.
Gosh, I thought, as I stared at the sign. That precisely how the Australian prescription drug system works. Wouldn't it be marvelous if we could apply the method of price reduction that Pennsylvania uses in relation to alcohol distribution to bring down the crippling cost of health care?
But, you know, socialized medicine is an impossible concept for America.