The Health (Club) Menace

Competition is healthy for the marketplace -- except when the government tips the scales

The obvious but utterly unenforceable remedy would be for centers such as The Heights to keep standard membership fees comparable (at least for adults) to those in the marketplace and to use the excess proceeds to provide free memberships for low-income individuals in their own communities.

That would serve a legitimate function of government -- helping those who can't afford pricey health-club memberships -- while not undercutting small-business owners who want nothing more than the level playing field sought by Manczuk.

But don't hold your breath. Government is on the case, and reason isn't about to stand in the way.

As any bureaucrat can tell you, these private health clubs just aren't a healthy thing.

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