I'm in Wisconsin with my Cousin K. Whereas my brother the cop I call Doc here at Cobb, Cousin K is an actual doctor. He is one of the many Americans who believes healthcare is a right. We disagree.
I'm trying to understand, of course, what medical nirvana would be like, and to me it starts with free everything up to adulthood. More specifically, I think every American should automatically get whatever basic standard of healthcare our public schools require for registration. That would be like the sorts of immunizations that parents have to provide proof of to keep kids in school.
Then the older you get, the less health care you get for free from the state. That hurts in principle only if the state is the only provider. People who want to indulge their cultural sensibilities to look young forever are free to purchase whatever in the private sector. But as I said before, I don't like Obama selling healthcare (insurance) from the starting point of people in their 60s dying of cancer.
The other thing I don't like about what we got (although who knows what we'll get in four years) is that the fundamental cost of health care provision is not going down. That's just wrong. You really can't call it reform if the same thing costs more.
But here's something really crazy. According to my sources at First Things, which is now going pay per view, there's a debate among doctors about redefining the legal definition of 'dead' in order to expedite the harvesting of human organs. But that's not so scary because, well I give the medical profession more credibility than that. I don't give credibility to the current political climate of all this fast-tracking towards medical utopia. Check this out.
Indeed, legislation (A-9865) just introduced by New York Assemblyman Richard Brodsky would turn the current approach for obtaining consent inside-out. Brodksy’s bill would require every applicant for a New York driver’s license to expressly opt out as an organ donor, rather than, as is currently the case, expressly opt in. The proposal states: “If the applicant does not decline to be registered in the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry they will be automatically enrolled.” In other words, unless you explicitly refuse to be a potential donor—you are one.
Don't let this one slip by, OK?
It used to be that one would be considered a saint to donate your body to science. Now, as soon as you croak their taking eminent domain. Is nothing sacred?