Thursday, September 13, 2007

John Stossel On Health Care: 20/20 and WSJ

On 20/20 tomorrow (Friday, Sept 14) night at 10 p.m. EST, John Stossel presents: "Whose Body Is It, Anyway?! Sick in America." American Health Care in Critical Condition: The Case for Putting Individuals, Not Employers or Government, in Control of Health Care.

In today's Wall Street Journal John Stossell writes: "Michael Moore thinks that profit is the enemy and government is the answer. The opposite is true. Profit is what has created the amazing scientific innovations that the U.S. offers to the world. If government takes over, innovation slows, health care is rationed, and spending is controlled by politicians more influenced by the sob story of the moment than by medical science."

10 Comments:

At 9/13/2007 8:43 PM, Anonymous bob wright said...

If profit is the enemy, the Michael Moore should not accept any profits from his movies.

What exactly does he think is paying for his larger-than-life house?

 
At 9/13/2007 10:18 PM, Blogger juandos said...

bob wright brings up a good point...

So just how much money has Sicko made so far?

According to the IMDB site a little over $24 million as of September 2 ...

How many sick folks would that buy some medical care for?

I don't begrudge the thin skinned fat slob the money he's making but if he wants the US to slither into socialist medical care, he can use some of his money to grease the skids...

 
At 9/13/2007 11:26 PM, Anonymous Sudha Shenoy said...

'Socialists' always want to be charitable with _other_ people's money, never their own...

 
At 9/14/2007 6:35 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

Has science created health-care technology that’s beyond affordability for the average person? If so, who will pay for it? I guess health care is like sending everyone to the moon—just because it’s technically possible does not mean it will financially happen.

The health-care cost problem is not complicated, but it is scary. Either those who can afford care will live and the others will die OR those who can afford it will help pay for others who cannot afford it. One choice is on the cruel side and the other choice is socialized medicine. In the day of routine short hospital stays of over $100,000, there’s really no middle ground anymore.

Socialized medicine means budgeting, cost control and rationing. Socialized medicine is impossible without constraints. People still die from lack of medical care, but it won’t necessarily be the rich guy who can afford the expensive life-saving surgery. So, what’s the answer? It boils down to how much money you have. Pick your poison: People will die either way.

 
At 9/14/2007 8:00 AM, Blogger james said...

Let's give our hospitals back to our communities. This is why I push sooo hard for charity (click on my name). We need to start dealing with our own social issues in our own communities, we know what is best for us and our neighbors. If there are people that can not afford health care, create a small local clinic that can provide help for these people that is funded by local charity (or subsidized). If there are people that are abusing it, cut them off. It should not be a state or government mandate that we continue getting taken advantage of. There are less fortunate people in need but we need to be able to address those issues locally. The more we are taxed the less we have for local charity.

 
At 9/14/2007 8:19 AM, Anonymous bob wright said...

I could afford to give much more to local charity if governments of all sizes weren't taking so much of my money - paying large bureaucracies to count it - and then send it back to me and expect me to be grateful to them.

 
At 9/14/2007 9:34 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

With some rather simple everyday medical procedures costing over $50,000, charity cannot possibly handle the huge costs--especially with an aging population. Do you think we could fund the United States massive defense budget with donations from The United Way? Dollarwise, nowadays, U.S. health-care costs are comparable to our defense costs.

 
At 9/14/2007 2:32 PM, Blogger james said...

The fact that health cost's are up that high is the concern. If they we're a bit more subject to supply and demand, the cost would not be that high.

 
At 9/15/2007 1:11 PM, Anonymous ms.naza@yahoo.ca said...

ms.naza@yahoo.ca here! I would like to comment on the cda medical system as a victim of medical-legal neglegence. Many say the US is sue happy but I say it is necessary to weed out the incompetent in the medical system. Cda covers the neglegent and what does that accomplish? many people end up on disability who then pays for medical incompetence but the taxpayer!I am a victim of a failing medical-legal system and I'd like to hear about that side of the failing system also!! No system anywhere works without ACCOUNTABILITY!! I live each day well aware of that(in canada)for details contact me...

 
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