Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Systems Ahoy!!

To those who cite the statistic which shows that more Americans leave the country for health-care than foreigners come to America for it, I respond here with the following. One, I never said that the U.S. health-care system was perfect. In fact (and, please, forgive me for repeating myself), I've said on many occasions that I'm for junking it entirely and replacing it with Dr. Emanuel's Healthcare Guaranteed model of insurance vouchers and health boards...........................................................................................................Secondly, statistics, in and of themselves, are meaningless. Yes, more Americans leave the country (for health-care) than foreigners enter it, but why? One possible reason is that Americans are far more mobile (more discretionary income) than foreigners. Another is that a lot of these people are getting these procedures while they're on vacation. You go to India for vacation (to see the Taj Mahal, etc.) and, yes, while you're at it, you get a hair transplant, angioplasty, whatever. And, finally, a lot of these procedures simply aren't available in the U.S. - not because we don't have the technology for them, but because the F.D.A. hasn't approved them yet (they're considered experimental, in other words)....You have to look at all of these mitigating factors, I guess is what I'm saying....................................................................................................P.S. The only reason that I entered this debate in the first place was for perspective. You've got people on both sides saying that the other fellow's policies are going to kill people, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE! And, yes, me-buckos, nothing ever gets done here because of it. Look, if my progressive friends want to say that Republicans are worse when it comes to this idiocy, fine (or vice versa). They're worse! But, please, the rhetoric on your side hasn't exactly productive, either.....Oh, and did you know that those 96 million deaths due the banning of DDT is more than the deaths caused by Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, the Hamids, and Saddam Hussein COMBINED!! Just for some additional perspective, I'm saying.

1 comment:

  1. Neither will Dr. Emanuel's prescriptions be perfect. There exists the possibility it will turn out poorly.

    Everything is a risk. Sometimes you take the risk, other times you don't.

    And yeah, the F.D.A. has become nothing more than a huge slow moving bureaucratic monolith.

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