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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Fight Against Death

I just saw that MSNBC is letting one of their opinion show hosts do an hour-long free commercial for the Democrat's perspective on health care reform. It's called "Health Care Reform: The Fight Against Death." Ostensibly the argument is that public health care, onerous regulation and widening the already unacceptable felt cost/perceived value chasm (which I've explained before) will somehow cause people to live longer.

You know what causes people to live longer? Two things. Lifestyle changes and medical innovation. Outlaw smoking if you really want to do something about life expectancy in the U.S. Outlaw saturated fat. Outlaw high fructose corn syrup. Break down the garage doors of these purveyors of death and haul them off in flex cuffs if they fail to comply. Hell, you can fill them full of lead, Chicago style for all I care!

Then, you can force drug companies and research hospitals to crank up the innovation machine. To stop resting on their laurels and really get cracking. If there's anything that the government does well, it's mandating creativity!

Really, the "Fight Against Death" is waged by two people: you and your doctor. You may not realize it, but your doctor is actually more than one person. When your doctor prescribes Zocor for you because all the exercise, diet and supplemants in the world didn't get your cholesterol down to a reasonable level, your "doctor" is also every single researcher and tester in the development chain of that drug. The salesmen, too, heaven help us.

When you have that laproscopic procedure to remove that growth with minimal incision and recovery time, your doctor isn't just the surgeon. It's every person that developed, tested and practiced that technique. It's also the people who paid for it the first thousand times. It's probably some very rich people. Heaven forefend.

But if you remove incentives for the medical industry to innovate, and make no mistake that the rest of the free world's more socialized schemes have ridden for free on our backs for decades, then it really does just become you and your doctor. Well, maybe not your doctor. It might be the doctor that takes over your doctor's position when your doctor decides that the government approved payments just aren't worth the hassle anymore.

So yeah. Let's get on with this Fight Against Death.


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