Paging Dr. Hendricks

Jmaurone's picture
Submitted by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-12-24 22:45

“I quit when medicine was placed under State control, some years ago,” said Dr. Hendricks.

“Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill? That was what I would not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun. I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that preceded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everything – except the desires of the doctors. Men considered only the ‘welfare’ of the patients, with no thought for those who were to provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to choose, they said, only ‘to serve.’ That a man who’s willing to work under compulsion is too dangerous a brute to entrust with a job in the stockyards – never occurred to those who proposed to help the sick by making life impossible for the healthy. I have often wondered at the smugness with which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind – yet what is it that they expect to depend on, when they lie on an operating table under my hands? Their moral code has taught them to believe that it is safe to rely on the virtue of their victims. Well, that is the virtue I have withdrawn. Let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce. Let them discover, in their operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man whose life they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of a man who resents it – and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn’t.”

Ayn Rand
“Atlas Shrugged”

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I want to see the model. Show

John Donohue's picture

I want to see the model. Show the taxpayer the software model of the money on this.

For instance, you have these givens:
1) all people required to carry insurance;
2) if you don't get insurance, small fine
3) when you decide to get insurance, you cannot be denied for prior condition nor charged a lot more given your condition.

So show me in the model the impact of these nice factors.

Does the model assume that all the uninsured will obey and obtain, at, say, $4000/year?
Does the model make provision for those people, not to mention all others already paying, who will refuse or drop insurance, pay the tiny fine, then sign up for insurance when needed for somthing important?

There is a parallel model for business who will quickly learn that it is less expensive to drop company coverage and pay the "fine."


Alfonso's picture

Oh right, "real reform."


1) Reduced innovation in medicine
2) Doctors and nurses losing freedom
3) Patients losing choices
4) Cost of health care rising

The losers:

Almost everybody

The winners:

Those who want to make the government more powerful


"insurance programme for the poor"

Ellen Stuttle's picture

From the Guardian article linked in Marcus' post below:

"A government-run insurance programme for the poor will be vastly expanded."

As will be the number of poor (among other consequences).

Merry Christmas, Gaak.


Read it and weep!

Marcus's picture

"The early-morning vote in the first Christmas Eve session for decades came after months of intense negotiations by the president's allies in the Senate, who were forced to wrangle for every Democratic vote in the chamber to overcome Republican opposition.

Obama welcomed the outcome, saying it brought decent healthcare closer to all Americans. "We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of real, meaningful health insurance reform," he said at the White House. "With today's vote, we are now incredibly close to making health insurance reform a reality in this country. Our challenge then is to finish the job."

The $871bn bill will be merged with similar legislation passed by the House of Representatives, with a final version expected to reach the president's desk by mid-February...

The overhaul is expected to extend health insurance to 30 million Americans who currently lack it. For the first time, Americans will be required to obtain health insurance, and insurers will be forbidden from denying coverage based on patients' pre-existing conditions.

Those who cannot get insurance through their employers will have access to a government-regulated health insurance exchange and may receive subsidies. A government-run insurance programme for the poor will be vastly expanded."


Jmaurone's picture

They moved the vote to the early a.m. U.S time. I delayed finding out myself, didn't put any news stations on, I wanted to ready myself. I accidentally saw it on the hotmail newsfeed when checking my email, made me sick to my stomach. (I was already sick to my stomach via too much eggnog the night before.)

I take it ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... this thing passed through the Senate? Haven't checked the news today—no stomach for it, and don't want to be sour for Xmas lunch. Obamugabe must be creaming his Mussolini trousers.

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