Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sowell on health care

Thomas Sowell writing for National Review:
Despite incessant repetition of the fact that millions of Americans do not have medical insurance, hardy souls who have actually read the mammoth medical-care legislation being rushed through Congress have discovered all sorts of things there that have nothing whatever to do with insuring the uninsured — and everything to do with taking medical decisions out of the hands of doctors and their patients, and transferring those decisions to Washington bureaucrats.
Many people who are uninsured have incomes from which medical-insurance premiums could be paid without any undue strain. But they choose to spend their money on other things. Many young people, especially, don’t buy medical insurance, and elderly people already have Medicare. The poor have Medicaid available, even though many do not bother to sign up for it until they are already in the hospital — which they then can do.
Wasn't part of the pro-abortion position that the government had no business getting between a woman and her doctor? Of course all the choice arguments were there for the rubes--they were not what the elites actually believed, but it still is striking that in the current debate about health care there have been few if any references to intrusion by the government into the patient-doctor relationship.

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