Monday, June 1, 2009

The Health Care Crisis - Part 2

Should everyone be driving a Rolls Royce?

You know Rolls Royces are pretty nice cars from what I hear. I've never been in one. I'm not sure I've ever been within 20 feet of one. I know they are expensive. I know they are also considered the ultimate in luxury when it comes to cars.

Maybe everyone should have one. Rich and poor. We all deserve that little bit of luxury, right?

No?

Okay, maybe not. Those who have worked hard, gotten an education, taken some risks, might be lucky enough some day to be able to afford a Rolls. The rest of us will just have to keep chugging along in our 1998 Pontiac Grand Am with the air conditioner that doesn't work. (No resentment should be read into that statement).

Society doesn't seem to have a problem with the fact that there are just some things some people can't afford. (Although even this basic tenet of capitalism seems to be questioned, lately). Not everyone can afford a mansion on the beach in Martha's Vineyard next to the Kennedy compound. It sucks, but that's the way it is. Not everyone can afford to fly around the world and visit exotic places. Too bad. Get a job if you don't like it, right?

But for some reason, the left seems to think that everyone deserves Rolls Royce Health Care.

What do I mean by that?

Think back some 40 or 50 years. Long before I was born. Health care consisted of a shot of penicillin, a cast for a broken limb and maybe a basic gall bladder surgery. (Yes, I've over-simplified again, but you get the point).  Anything beyond that and you lived with the pain. Or not. Sometimes you just died. That was what was available, regardless of what you were willing to pay.

Today we have quadruple bypasses, MRIs, PET scans, CT scans, radio imaging, laser surgery, laproscopic surgery and more drugs in the pharmacy than Nancy Pelosi can accurately count.

And everyone should have access to all of it, right?

Who says?

These things costs tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or in some cases millions of dollars. One MRI machine costs a hospital over a million dollars. 

So, if you've spent your life flipping burgers, or standing in a Welfare line, nobody thinks you should drive a Rolls. Why should you get the best health care has to offer? It runs up the costs for everyone else. It limits access for those who can afford it. 

Can someone explain to me why everyone gets to drive a Health Care Rolls Royce?


1 comments:

RightKlik June 1, 2009 at 3:44 PM  

America voted for a Marxist president. They want Marxist medicine. To each according to his "need", from each according to his ability.

Americans think they'll get Rolls Royce medicine when the government takes over. But they'll get public transportation medicine. The bus will always be late, the driver will be grumpy and you'll have to sit next to homeless people.

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