Off topic: Single payer health care
|October 11, 2009||Posted by O'Leary under Off Topic|
Here I was recently treated to an interesting display of Darwinist logic.
A commenter demanded that I provide proof that in a single-payer health system like Canada’s, older people are being abandoned to die. Another suggested I just shut up about it.
Sorry. Go here for how bad it can get.
It’s a matter of simple logic, really. Sarah Palin’s death panels are alive and well in Canada because we have a single government payer health system.
I don’t care what you think of Palin. But this much I know is true:
If the government is the only entity permitted to open a new bed in a hospital, this is what happens: You have a 55 year-old high school math teacher (Old Lady Smith*) and a 75 year-old retired high school math teacher (Old Lady Jones).
Who gets the bed? Who gets shunted off to die somewhere?
The obvious solution is more beds. But if only the government can pay …
The big problem with single payer government systems is that everyone is into government’s pocket for anything from an Olympic skating pavilion to new benches in the public park.
Only a few people have serious core health care issues, and they are usually diverse. So the lobby is small, fragmented, largely unheard.
Hey, if you can figure that one out, you are smarter than some of our commenters/trolls/ex-trolls.
The last time I took a politics test, I flunked “right wingness”, which is fine with me. I am talking about a practical issue. In Canada, Old Lady Jones isn’t legally allowed to just make her own arrangements, assuming she wants to be 85 or so before she pegs out.
I was intrigued by the difficulty some Darwinists had understanding her problem (= she needs a hospital bed but can’t legally pay for one), when it is a matter of simple logic.
Maybe they overdosed on “natural selection” and “the mind is an illusion created by neurons”?
*No, Old Lady Smith is not old by my standards, but that is how the teens on whom she forces algebra regard her. They can’t believe she ever had a life, even if she has a husband and six kids, which pretty much guarantees you would have a life.
Meanwhile, “Now, class, please turn to page 63 …. Factorials.”