reply to baineschile
Re: This is actually really interesting A more realistic question, given the state of the american market would be
"Would you rather have regulated monopoly or largely unregulated duopoly"
and it isn't clear that regulated monopoly would be worse. We would prefer, in an ideal world, to have robust competition with many choices, but wishing doesn't mean it is likely to ever be an american reality.
And no, there is no reason to believe that "getting the government out of it" is going to get us there either. That is a romantic dream with little supporting empirical evidence.