Ohio is suffering a dental health gap. And the usual suspects are at it again.
Of course, none of this is free market, it’s all interventionism. But the arguments are telling of the problem in general.
Unbeknownst to me, Ohio has 59 federally designated dental-shortage areas. That the federal government designates such a status is the first hint that something is wrong. Regardless, as any statist knows, gaps in dental care must be addressed — and addressed by state action.
So the Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio, whose mission is “is to achieve (attain) high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans” through the coercive power of the state, proposes legislation allowing dental therapists to provide dental care for those without access to licensed dentists.
Of course, “the Ohio Dental Association opposes the idea.” No stretch here.
Now, I have no issue with dental therapist providing dental care. Just like I have no issue with my neighbor doing the same. It’s the politics — interventions on top of interventions — that is my concern.
The battle is political, with the state deciding winners and losers.
But doesn’t it just seem — like it always seems — that it is the consumer who will lose in the end?