Here is a story for libertarians to chew on. A dentist in Texas has been arrested for practicing dentistry without a license. He served undocumented immigrants, and those without insurance.
On the one hand he is providing a needed service at a market-clearing price. On the other hand the story following his arrest suggests that the quality of his work was uneven at best.
Delao's secret unraveled in mid-January when a woman complained to police about a $75 molar repair that had left her unable to open her mouth and caused a clicking sound in her ear for several days.
Granting that the press coverage is likely to be tilted toward the sensational, is this an example where the market failed to work as it should? Is this an area where government serves an important and useful purpose? Or should those with few options be permitted to accept the risk of bad dental work versus no dental work?