Monday, September 03, 2007

Remind Me Not to Vote for John Edwards

Oh great. Get this:
Edwards backs mandatory preventive care

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care," he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. "If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK"...

Edwards said his mandatory health care plan would cover preventive, chronic and long-term health care. The plan would include mental health care as well as dental and vision coverage for all Americans.
Even if I were a Democrat (which I am not) I would be bound and determined, after hearing that one, never to vote for John Edwards.

I mean, every person in this country required to go to the doctor??? Talk about a nanny state! Talk about reducing every American to a ward of the state! Talk about turning every person in the country into a lucrative cash cow for the Health Care System Industry!

And you know what they do when they get a cash cow. They milk it for all it's worth. To say nothing of how doctors would be in that much better a position to push more procedures, more drugs, more surgeries on you, once they've got you as a captive audience. It reminds me of the old, pre-health-insurance-days joke:
First Surgeon: So what did you remove from your patient?
Second Surgeon: Oh, about a thousand dollars.
First Surgeon: What did your patient have?
Second Surgeon: A thousand dollars.
Requiring every American to go to the doctor. Under penalty of federal law, no doubt. Requiring every American to get on the conveyor belt of the Health Care System Industry. Has any plan quite so intrusive and quite so destructive of individual liberty ever been seriously proposed in these United States in living memory?

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Blogger Paul Burgess said...

On second thought, I can think of one plan quite so intrusive and quite so destructive of individual liberty which was proposed in these United States [just barely within] living memory: the institution of the Federal Income Tax, in 1913.

Does anyone really want to turn our Health Care System into an entity which is just as intrusive into people's lives as the IRS?

Because dimes to doughnuts, that's what Edwards' "mandatory preventive care" would amount to in practice. In the long run, and probably also in the not-so-long run.

Monday, September 03, 2007 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger The Tetrast said...

Tut tut, deluded beastly American! All will be under control. What LEGITIMACY do medical doctors really have without a prevailing administrative culture continuous with the government and ultimately the United Nations?

As the heroic visionary Clare Short pointed out, it was illegitimate of the USA to aid tsunami victims without WAITING and submitting to the supervision of UN officials who were desperately seeking 5-star hotels and massage professionals in a disaster area in order to meet the challenges of the unprecedented situation!

How long will the USA force its very own people to go about naked and bare without the loving mantle, the many-colored dream coat, of a national or international health service regulating treatment, testing, prescription, medical education, medical career choice? A system with a reverent Berlin Wall around it for patients and practitioners alike, so that no medical profiteers can skim the cream of the customers from a nobly overburdened system, whose officials will be faced with agonizing but unavoidable decisions about which patients are civically most deserving of treatment? That crisis is not even here yet and you stand in the way of our getting there and our geting past it, to the elimination of medical alienation and medical false consciousness, and then all the enforcement mechanisms will become superfluous, you silly goose, and will gloriously wither away!

You need whole armies of heroes like John Edwards and Clare Short! And their numbers do grow every day.

Monday, September 03, 2007 1:43:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Burgess said...

Oh dear. Clare Short sounds like what is technically known as "a loose cannon on deck." Fortunately it's the Brits who are afflicted with her over there in Airstrip One, and not we. Though perhaps in the event of a John Edwards presidency, she could be imported to serve as Surgeon General. Or as head of the new Ministry of Health ("MiniHealth" for short).

Ah yes, federally mandated colonoscopies for all. That ought to go over real well. Though why do people complain? To borrow a line from Clare Short, "They will be asking for golden elephants next."

People will ask for golden elephants, but they will get a colonoscopy: now, that is the federal government in a nutshell.

Monday, September 03, 2007 5:30:00 PM  
Blogger The Tetrast said...

Today, September 4, 2007:
"UNICEF, the killer" Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands will die from drinking water from UNICEF's arsenic-tainted wells in Bangladesh.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous redjack said...

it says 'the plan would include mental health care'.....does that mean edwards's 'mandatory preventive care' would include 'mandatory preventive mental health care'?

very very soviet

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 3:11:00 PM  

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