Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Eighty-Five Percent. . .

Republican Congressman Mike Rogers' opening statement on the health-care bill debate from July, 2009. I don't think I have ever heard the argument against governmental-control more powerfully made. Listen and believe.


5 comments :

A Doc 2 Be said...

Excellent!

angiographer said...

Well said

adrian said...

You're kidding right? You call that a powerfully made 'argument'??? What a load of unsubstantiated political rhetoric!!

I didn't hear a single statistic nor a single shred of evidence on how a gov't FUNDED (not RUN) plan hurts those that already have good coverage (85% of the pop).

I guess our political leaning truly does dictate what we perceive to be a powerful argument depending on who gives it.

I understand this is your blog and I really do like it, and obviously post what you want, but come on... I almost coughed up my lunch here!

Dalai said...

I do appreciate your readership, and I'm glad you didn't actually lose your lunch.

Those in favor of socialization of medicine have their own flavor of unsubstantiated political rhetoric, and I find it disturbing, too. The point the Congressman was trying to make is that it is foolish to destroy what works for 85% to fix the 15% that doesn't work. Such a fix can be accomplished without governmental takeover. This has nothing to do with health care, and everything to do with a power play by the Democrats in our country.

I'm glad you are happy with your system in Canada, Adrian, but tell me, what's the waiting time these days for an MRI, a PET/CT, a hip replacement? How many of your friends and relatives have had to make the life-saving trip to the States because they couldn't wait out the system? Sorry, there is no panacea anywhere in the world, but what you see going on here has nothing to do with the patients and everything to do with politics. Keep that in mind.

Dr.Sardonicus said...

Dalai -

appreciate your posts - this one is, IMHO, forceful and correct. Gives me some hope that not everyone is on board the "free" medical care train

Adrian - Certainly, you have your opinion, and I respect that, but I would point out that it is not possible to have govt funding without the govt wanting to run it. After all, that is what politicians are about - power. They will never fund something without expecting to run it. We have had examples in the last few months with GM and the bailouts. It wasn't enough to loan money to the financial houses, as soon as they did, they wanted to dictate exactly how the executive pay would be done. Just one example.