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FUCK OFF AND DIE!

Filed at 7:00 am under by dcobranchi

That’s conservative/libertarian Thomas Sowell’s advice (paraphrased) for how to reform health care. In Sowell’s view, the problem is that people have insurance. Insurance is a bad thing because it allows people to consume health care even if they couldn’t pay for it out of pocket. So, in Sowell’s perfect world, the folks who can’t afford $50,000 for a heart bypass operation would just die (quickly) and the folks (like Sowell) who have lots of money would pay for their own health care (which would be far cheaper since there’d be less competition for the doctors’ and the hospitals’ services).

One of the biggest reasons for higher medical costs is that somebody else is paying those costs, whether an insurance company or the government. What is the politicians’ answer? To have more costs paid by insurance companies and the government.

Back when the “single payer” was the patient, people were more selective in what they spent their own money on. You went to a doctor when you had a broken leg but not necessarily every time you had the sniffles or a skin rash. But, when someone else is paying, that is when medical care gets over-used — and bureaucratic rationing is then imposed, to replace self-rationing… Nothing would lower costs more than having each patient pay those costs. And nothing is less likely to happen.

I can’t imagine why it won’t happen. It’d be a win-win, for sure. Fewer poor (and middle class) people and healthier (and richer) rich people.

9 Responses to “FUCK OFF AND DIE!”


Comment by
COD
March 3rd, 2010
at 11:32 am

He’s not entirely wrong. The low “apparent” cost of a doctor appointment does lead to over consumption. I grew up with “socialized” healthcare in the USAF. It costs us no cash to go to the hospital for sick call. However, it was a first come, first served, active duty military get priority system, and you were going to have to see a military doctor. Those two factors tended to keep you home in bed unless you were really sick. The $10 copay plus convenience of a scheduled appointment does lead to people running to the doc demanding antibiotics for every sniffle.


Comment by
dcobranchi
March 3rd, 2010
at 12:19 pm

Sure. But not entirely wrong != right. His “prescription” would kill hundreds of thousands of people a year. And cause medical bankruptcies to skyrocket, as folks are not likely to make logical decisions when they’ve just had a heart attack.

Does Sowell really expect folks to make rational economic decisions in the ambulance?


Comment by
christine
March 5th, 2010
at 12:01 pm

What an elitist asshole.

The 14 year old son of our good friends (and a good friend to our kids) was just diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. At this point, with treatment he has a 70% chance of survival. Under the lamebrain’s plan, Blake would be certain to die, because there is no way they could afford the chemo, let alone the MRI that diagnosed it, and the ongoing meds (including pain meds) and tests.


Comment by
dcobranchi
March 5th, 2010
at 12:16 pm

Insurance was invented to spread risk to ever larger groups. Huge medical expenses are a crap shoot. If you roll snake-eyes you or your kids need expensive care. But there’s no way to predict a priori who will need it and who won’t. So we all chip in and take care of each other, knowing that we’ll be taken care of if the worst should happen.

Sowell couldn’t care less about Blake or any other (non-rich) kid who happens to get sick. It’s every man, woman, and child for himself in his Randian dystopia.


Comment by
COD
March 5th, 2010
at 1:46 pm

No no Daryl, you have it all wrong. The poor kids in the conservative utopia all get taken care of compassionate conservatives in the churches. Or maybe they get flown away to a better place on the back of a magical unicorn. I can never remember which one it is.


Comment by
Anonymous
March 6th, 2010
at 12:30 pm

Riddle: Demonstrate in two words that “compassionate conservatism” is oxymoronic and a lie told by immoral monsters:

Right answers include Thomas Sowell, Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, Dick or Liz Cheney, etc. The alternate right answer is another question, to wit:
“Can ass and hole be written as two words?”


Comment by
JJ
March 6th, 2010
at 12:31 pm

Sorry, that last was mine, on a not-mine computer . . .


Comment by
JJ
March 6th, 2010
at 12:48 pm

Do we the people read Shakespeare any more as a common western cultural referent, or just bible verse? What say some of us Evolved Homeschooler parents start a little Shakespeare blog round-robin, starting with the Merchant of Venice, relating Sowell to Shylock?

“If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction. ”

Goldman report: Insurers set to raise prices, walk away from consumers:

The market concentration for health insurance is so monopolized in some areas that insurance companies are willing to raise prices and lose customers in an effort to improve their bottom line, a leading insurance broker told Wall Street analysts on Wednesday.

In a conference call organized by Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research, Steve Lewis, a highly regarded broker at the world’s third largest insurance broker, Willis, painted a picture of the health insurance market in which employers seem likely to be priced out of coverage.

Noting that “price competition” between insurers was “down from a year ago,” Lewis relayed that “incumbent carriers seem more willing than ever to walk away from existing business.”

. . .Insurers are able to do this in part because the markets in which they operate have no adequate competition . . .


Comment by
JJ
March 6th, 2010
at 1:01 pm

The sociopathic Shylock demanded government enforce his rightful claim to “a pound of flesh” from anyone unable to pay his exorbitant rigged rates. Exactly the villainous role Sowell typecasts himself in . . .