This week, Jennifer and Mike are joined by Pacific Legal Foundation’s Anastasia Boden for a conversation about economic liberty and competition in the medical industry.

Do regulations like Certificate of Needs laws keep out new entrepreneurs and harm the people they could help? How do anti-competitive barriers affect our ability to fight COVID-19 and provide good healthcare in normal times?

Show Notes:

Pacific Legal Foundation’s Economic Liberty Project

Current Case: Phillip Truesdell and KY’s Certificate of Need law

Mini-documentary about Phillip Truesdell’s legal battle

Recent op-ed: “Government’s Ambulance Chasers,” Wall Street Journal

How Virginia’s Hospital Licensing Laws Led to an Infant’s Death,” Reason

Ezras Nashim EMS and the “93 Queen” documentary

PLF: Ending the “Competitor’s Veto” in Kentucky

PLF: Can you hear me now? PLF’s Challenge to Florida’s Outdated Hearing Aid Licensing Laws

Volunteers Rushed to Help New York Hospitals. They Found a Bottleneck,” The New York Times

About our guest:

Anastasia Boden is an attorney in Pacific Legal Foundation’s Economic Liberty Project, where she challenges anti-competitive licensing laws and laws that restrict freedom of speech.

Anastasia’s practice largely consists of representing entrepreneurs and small businesses who find themselves in a bureaucratic nightmare when simply trying to earn an honest living.  One of the most egregious examples of the laws she challenges are Competitor’s Veto laws, which essentially require entrepreneurs to get permission from their competitors before opening their doors.  Anastasia has represented moving, limousine and shuttle companies in Competitor’s Veto lawsuits across the country, achieving legislative reform in Montana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

In addition to litigating, Anastasia testifies before legislatures on the impact of occupational licensing on entrepreneurship.  Her writings on all matters of law and liberty have been featured in the Washington Post, the Chicago TribuneForbes, and more.