It is time that we acknowledge the importance and sanctity of the medical profession. Socialized medicine does nothing except marginalize the science of medicine and discourage bright young scholars from joining its ranks. Doctors are not a commodity. There are good ones. There are really, really bad ones.
If we allow the federal government to establish and utilize a federal medical board to dictate to doctors the appropriate treatment then we are effectively telling doctors not to take risks and not to "hope" for clinical success. It is that "hope" that Obama promised and that has resulted in medical breakthroughs and new cancer treatments.
1. It is time that bad doctors be disciplined. If patients know that bad doctors are being held accountable then there will be fewer lawsuits.
2. It is time to eliminate the hospitalist program model and replace it with a system that respects the patient, patient safety and continuity of care.
And now, on to the comment (do I seem ignorant of the issues?)
"I personally have no health care at this time. I am a cancer patient and can only qualify for a state based high-risk pool. And that coverage is very expensive."
Wow, another ignorant conservative cutting their own throat. When are you people going to turn off Rush Limbaugh and think for yourselves. Don't you get it. Don't you know Rush makes more money in a year then you will ever see in your life time. Rush IS BIG BUSINESS... Of course you can't afford health coverage because it's too expensive. These large corporations will try to squeeze every dollar out of the healthy public while at the same time deny 'sick people' coverage.
Wake up - someone with your condition should think their lucky stars for the safety net of social funds.. (i.e govt)
Conservatives want to spend social funds for war and personal protection but not for economic protection. It's all connected. If you want small govt get rid of everything - including, roads, military, internet, clean water, clean food. We live in the best country in the world and someone's got to pay for it. I make more money than the avg person and pay my fair share of taxes and when I'm lucky enough to have another comma on my pay check I'll be happy to increase my tax burden.
If you're lucky enough to take advantage of all the great resources this country has offer, and making 20+ million a year like Rush Limbaugh you should pay a larger portion of the tax bill, if you don't the middle class will continue to shrink.
I hope you get well soon. Keep us posted on your Cancer treatments. Sorry, for calling you ignorant. I was annoyed when I started this post but not I feel better :-) - E
March 4, 2009 2:49 PM
Think about it - everything the government runs, it runs poorly (post Office, Department of Motor Vehicles, Inner City Schools). This is my reply to Earl.
Hey Earl. Thanks for the comments.I am a proud conservative who is not rich.
Normally I do not respond to personal insults. It really is not very nice to call someone "ignorant." But I appreciate your opinion and pray for your health.
I am very big on accountability and personal responsibility. I have no problem being a part of a state based high risk pool. The plans are administered by private companies and are terrifically expensive. I CAN afford the premiums because I have family that pitches in and helps me. That is what families are for.
I distinguish high-risk pools from public aid (although I qualify for public aid, I believe it would be unethical to accept it when I have family that is available to help me).
God bless and hold close those who have no family or friends that help out in tough times. The state must be the safety net for those without any other resources.
Thank God for my family. I believe the family should be the "first responder safety net" instead of the government.
And family help is a two way street.
I have devoted the last few years of my life to caring for my very sick dad. He has stage 4 cancer (colon met to liver). I take him to PT 3x/week and feed, bathe and keep him active. Dad would have died in a nursing home.
I have witnessed the first stage of socialized (Obama) medicine. It is called "hospitalists" and they are intended to be costs effective and get patients out of the hospital. They do this at the expense of ever really knowing the patient's medical history. It is dangerous and it costs lives. Literally.
If Obama is successful, there will be computerized medical records that will be viewed by bureaucrats in DC. A medical board (similar to the federal reserve and the British system "NICE") will determine what medical procedures patients can get.
I firmly believe that the federal medical board would deny PT for my 75-year-old dad with Stage 4 cancer. The board will also deny his foot surgery to replace bone and tissue lost by medical oversight. Dad is retired. He does not contribute to society. To the federal government, dad would be a needless expense.
Please read Daschle's book "Critical." Daschle actually says that older Americans should stop expecting medical treatment.
God bless you. Stay strong. Stay healthy.