Deregulation should last post-COVID

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It may seem counterintuitive that any government action within the past two months would be a model policy for promoting economic recovery. The surge in deficit spending and expansion of government authority has been unprecedented. But amid the swell of government was a silver lining: Hundreds of laws and regulations were suspended in response to COVID-19.

In anticipation of worker shortages, states loosened licensing restrictions and requirements that limit out-of-state medical professionals from working in- state. These government barriers make it expensive and time-consuming for medical workers to practice anywhere other than the state in which they obtained their license. They are ostensibly designed to protect public health.

But when laws need to be suspended so that their purported purpose can be accomplished, one thing is clear: It’s time for reform.