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When Government Plays Doctor [Ron Paul]
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, 14th District ^ | 2009-05-04

Posted on 05/04/2009 8:51:55 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

This week, concerns about swine flu have dominated the media and many government officials. While the American people should be made aware of infectious diseases and common sense preventative measures, much of the hysterical reaction from government only serves to remind us how detrimental to your health it can be when government plays doctor.

As a physician, I have yet to see any evidence that justifies the current level of alarm. Influenza typically kills around 36,000 people every year in this country and hospitalizes a couple hundred thousand. So far there are only a handful of confirmed deaths attributable to this strain, and most of those sickened have or will fully recover. Every death is tragic, but I see no reason to deal with this flu outbreak any differently than we typically deal with any other flu season. Instead, government in its infinite wisdom is performing even more invasive screening at airports, closing down schools and sporting events, and causing general panic.

We had a similar outbreak in 1976, with only 1 death from the flu, but mandatory vaccinations killed at least 25 before the program was abandoned.

When government gets involved in healthcare decisions, the cure is so often worse than the illness. And yet, this administration will likely consolidate the government’s power over your health with sweeping new reforms that are already being discussed in the Senate.

Government has not improved healthcare, and has not made it cheaper. Quite the opposite; costs have skyrocketed, and quality has gone down in many ways. Gone are the days of the country doctor making house calls, or of voluntarily giving away medical services at charity hospitals. The bureaucratization of healthcare these past 45 years has made things worse. It saddens me as a doctor that physicians are less and less accountable to patients, but more and more accountable to government red tape, insurance companies and attorneys. It seems so perverse to me that important medical decisions that will directly affect the lives of all or nearly all Americans are being hashed out behind closed doors in Washington rather than between doctors and patients.

There is perhaps nothing more valuable to a human being than his or her health, which is why I’ve always considered the practice of medicine so crucial to our well-being. Any intrusion by government into the privacy and trust between doctor and patient is detrimental to the art of medicine. It distorts the whole dynamic of who the client really is when doctors must answer more to government or insurance companies than to their patients. The best solutions to improving quality and lowering costs of healthcare would be measures that put decisions back into the hands of patients and doctors, where they rightfully belong. I have introduced HR 1495 The Comprehensive Healthcare Reform Act, which promotes health savings accounts and tax deductibility of healthcare costs as an important step in this direction.

The unfortunate reality of this recent health crisis, as with any crisis, is that it presents opportunities that the unscrupulous will take advantage of, while the fearful become more compliant.


TOPICS: Issues
KEYWORDS: 111th; flu; healthcare; hsa; influenza; lp; lping; mexicanflu; mexiflu; paul; realconservatives; ronpaul; swineflu; taxes

1 posted on 05/04/2009 8:51:59 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: bamahead; djsherin

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2 posted on 05/04/2009 8:52:36 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385; djsherin; bamahead; murphE; Extremely Extreme Extremist; Captain Kirk; Gondring; ...

Ron Paul Ping


3 posted on 05/04/2009 9:27:20 PM PDT by djsherin (Government is essentially the negation of liberty.)
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To: rabscuttle385

dear Lord why isn’t this man our president?


4 posted on 05/04/2009 9:34:21 PM PDT by Karma Police ((optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: Karma Police

Because he’s a Troofer, white supremacist, Alex Jones listening, surrender-monkey kook! < /Paul bashers >


5 posted on 05/04/2009 9:37:18 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: rabscuttle385

Many were rattled over this, and I personally took precautions, out of common sense, as I don’t trust the big gov, or anything, any of them say.

No doubt Paul is correct, and one of the few if any in D.C. that has a credible opinion.

But I still want one of those masks with the pig nose’s on it, along with secured, and highly restricted borders.


6 posted on 05/04/2009 9:59:49 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: rabscuttle385
When Government Plays Doctor...

...and it asks you to turn your head and cough, be afraid. Be very afraid.

7 posted on 05/04/2009 10:02:22 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: rabscuttle385
He's right when it comes to health care. We have an HSA with a $5,000 annual deductible. We negotiate with our docs and it's amazing to see the staff look at you and say "why do you care what we charge - you have insurance." We cut the cost of my wife's epidural by 50% while she was in labor but it took two years to get the billing company to realize what happened.

The best way to lower health care costs is to have the consumer responsible for some of that cost. Unless that happens we are headed for a single payer system. Then you can break your hip - just don't be over 75 and expect to get it fixed.

8 posted on 05/04/2009 10:19:03 PM PDT by centexan (Welcome back 4th ID - great job. Go 1st Cav)
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To: rabscuttle385; ml/nj; firebrand; rmlew; SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; montag813; goldstategop; ...
When government gets involved in healthcare decisions, the cure is so often worse than the illness.

Very well put, Dr. Paul! But you'll have to repeat it again and again in Congress, and convince enough of your fellow congresscritters of it, if this Obama health care plan is to be defeated as it deserves to be.

9 posted on 05/04/2009 10:25:10 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: rabscuttle385
You think health care is expensive now...
Wait until ITS FREE and gov't controlled.....
10 posted on 05/04/2009 10:29:43 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks for the ping!


11 posted on 05/04/2009 10:36:36 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: rabscuttle385
I voted for Ron Paul. He is dead on about government interference in healthcare, but he sure needs an audience with virologists.

He doesn't need swine flu to warm up his act. It stands by itself.

I am disappointed.

12 posted on 05/04/2009 11:13:31 PM PDT by ARridgerunner
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Well, he is.


13 posted on 05/05/2009 12:17:38 AM PDT by DangerZone
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To: rabscuttle385
The unfortunate reality of this recent health crisis, as with any crisis, is that it presents opportunities that the unscrupulous will take advantage of, while the fearful become more compliant.

Fortunately, the masses aren't as easily fooled as they once were. But that doesn't mean there isn't a host of (fearful) folks waiting for the govt to do something to save them.

For now, Obama and his fellow traveler's plan failed to meet their goals of scaring citizens into full compliance. Yet, not to be deterred by this setback, Obama and his fellow travelers, (the unscrupulous), are right now busy formulating Plan B.

14 posted on 05/05/2009 6:12:58 AM PDT by takenoprisoner (Freedom Watch: fight for freedom with everything you have.)
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To: rabscuttle385; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ..



Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!
15 posted on 05/05/2009 6:28:49 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You forgot looney. Whatever happened to that newbie, who posted on every single Paul thread during the election cycle, that looney tune trademark featuring Paul? Mission accomplished? Back to DU?


16 posted on 05/05/2009 6:30:08 AM PDT by takenoprisoner (Freedom Watch: fight for freedom with everything you have.)
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To: rabscuttle385

I was an adult living in Paul’s district in 1976 and I don’t remember any mandatory vaccinations. Ron Paul was an excellent doctor, he should have stayed there.


17 posted on 05/05/2009 6:35:45 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: takenoprisoner; Extremely Extreme Extremist; gtsamson
You forgot looney. Whatever happened to that newbie, who posted on every single Paul thread during the election cycle, that looney tune trademark featuring Paul? Mission accomplished? Back to DU?

If you are referring to gtsamson, the troll was outed and zotted on this thread some time ago.

18 posted on 05/05/2009 8:08:30 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

Wow, gtsamson pretty much got destroyed in that thread. I can’t say I’ll miss him.


19 posted on 05/05/2009 9:20:45 AM PDT by djsherin (Government is essentially the negation of liberty.)
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To: rabscuttle385


Since converting our Medical Care over to Government Care the system has become overburdened, therefore, we request those over 40 years old voluntarily report for carousel on their birthday.
20 posted on 05/06/2009 9:35:35 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Karma Police
dear Lord why isn’t this man our president?

Because the vast majority of your fellow citizens are terminally stupid and there are enough of them to drag us into the pit of terminal stupidity (which they also dug) with them.

21 posted on 05/07/2009 6:58:12 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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