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An Emergency Review (Thomas Sowell)
Creators Syndicate ^ | January 7, 2009 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 01/07/2009 7:41:05 PM PST by jazusamo

This is an emergency book review.

Before you do anything else, make a note to read "The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care" by Sally C. Pipes. It might literally save your life, by checking the political stampede toward a government-controlled medical profession— usually presented politically as "universal health care."

It is one of the painful signs of our times that millions of people are so easily swayed by rhetoric that they show virtually no interest at all in finding out the hard facts. Any number of other countries already have government-controlled medical professions. Yet few Americans show any interest in what actually happens to medical care in those countries.

Instead, we are being lured into a one-way process— much like entering a Venus fly trap— by the oldest of all confidence rackets, the promise of something for nothing.

Fortunately, Sally C. Pipes is one of the few who has explored the reality of government-controlled medical treatment in Canada and other countries. Among the things she discovered is that new life-saving medications that go immediately into the market in the United States take a much longer time to become available to Canadian patients— if they ever get approved by the bureaucrats.

No doubt that lowers the cost of medications— if you count costs solely in money terms, rather than in terms of how many people literally pay with their lives when the bureaucrats are reluctant to buy new pharmaceutical drugs, while they can continue to approve obsolete and cheaper drugs for the same illnesses.

Cancer survival rates are higher in the United States than in Europe. A recent report by the Fraser Institute in Vancouver estimates that annually tens of thousands of Canadians seek medical treatment outside of Canada, even though treatment is free inside Canada and they have to pay themselves for treatment elsewhere.

Other studies show that waiting times for surgery are months longer in Canada, Britain and Australia— all countries with government-controlled medical care— than in the United States.

Among the many issues explained in plain English in "The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care" are why pharmaceutical drugs cost so much, why it is misleading to talk about uninsured Americans as if they do not get medical care, and how politicians make existing insurance more expensive by blithely mandating coverage that people would not voluntarily pay for with their own money, if it was left up to them.

In various states, these mandated coverages include alcoholism, acupuncture, breast reduction and treatment for baldness, among other things. You may just want insurance to cover you in case you get hit with some big-time medical problem, but many state laws will not allow an insurance company to sell you that "major medical" coverage, without all the add-ons that politicians and special interests have come up with.

The net result is more expensive insurance, which in turn can mean more people being uninsured.

As with so many government programs, "the poor" are used as a political justification for imposing government-controlled medical care on everyone. But "The Top Ten Myths of American Medical Care" shows what a fraud that is. First of all, the average uninsured American has above-average income— and people living in poverty are already eligible for Medicaid.

There are of course some serious problems with Medicaid, as there is with government medical treatment at Veterans Administration hospitals and with Medicare. But such things only highlight the dangers of having the government take over the rest of the medical sector, given its dangerous failures where it is already involved in medical matters.

The lure of something for nothing may be seductive when you are in good health. But it can become a bitter irony when you are waiting for months for surgery to relieve your pain or when your life hangs in the balance while some bureaucrat decides whether you can get the best medication or something older and cheaper.

"The Top Ten Myths About American Medical Care" can literally be a life-saver. What it reveals is unlikely to be told by the mainstream media or by other enthusiasts for the magic phrase "universal health care."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: medicalcare; sowell; thomassowell

1 posted on 01/07/2009 7:41:07 PM PST by jazusamo
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2 posted on 01/07/2009 7:42:08 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
What it reveals is unlikely to be told by the mainstream media or by other enthusiasts for the magic phrase "universal health care."

He can say that again. Thomas Sowell for President, Supreme Court, or just about anything!

3 posted on 01/07/2009 7:46:08 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping jaz. Will watch for that book.


4 posted on 01/07/2009 8:00:09 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: coloradan
Why oh why God, why couldn't Dr. Sowell have been our first Afro-American president?

Instead we got an unqualified slimy Chicago political hack who gives a bad name to the entire human race, not just the African race, and may not even be constitutionally eligible for the office.

5 posted on 01/07/2009 8:00:48 PM PST by epow
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To: jazusamo
Yet few Americans show any interest in what actually happens to medical care in those countries.

A great website, The Real Cuba shows what exactly happens to medical care in the phalanx that is "universal health care".

6 posted on 01/07/2009 8:05:43 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Have you risen above your own public education today?)
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To: GOP_Raider

I’ve read nothing but horror stories about medical care in Cuba. Thanks for the link!


7 posted on 01/07/2009 8:15:04 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Ive got about 10 year left of practicing Medicine. I could work longer but hope I will not have too. I am going to cry for this country when we get socialized Health Care. I am glad my whole life did not have to be lived in chains. The scary thing is the years when I will need excellent health care the most it will not be available. This makes me angry.


8 posted on 01/07/2009 8:30:56 PM PST by therut
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To: therut

As with all things FDR, LBJ, and now BHO have foisted upon us. Isolate it, and render it obsolete.

In health care this could mean offshoring to nearby country with less legislation and litigation.


10 posted on 01/07/2009 8:56:23 PM PST by Dead Dog
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To: FrPR

Sometimes things that seem like spelling errors are just typing errors. I do not always use spell check when I am rushed. So do not worry. But even so a poor speller could be a great physician. Spelling is not everything and some people are just bad at it just like some can not do math well. Different strokes for different folks. Now grammer is not my thing. Had poor teachers all they way through. Plus they changed to New English and this and that every 2 years.


11 posted on 01/07/2009 9:29:07 PM PST by therut
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To: coloradan; epow
He can say that again. Thomas Sowell for President, Supreme Court, or just about anything!

Bears repeating!!

12 posted on 01/07/2009 9:29:30 PM PST by mcenedo (lying liberal media - our most dangerous and powerful enemy)
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To: jazusamo
Dr Sowell has pointed out that the incidents of cancer in our body politic are increasing and need to be addressed.

My address? Send the dumbocrats to Pt Barrow where they can take care of the Polar Bears!

13 posted on 01/08/2009 4:08:48 AM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: jazusamo

“It is one of the painful signs of our times that millions of people are so easily swayed by rhetoric that they show virtually no interest at all in finding out the hard facts.”

Again Thomas Sowell identifies one of the most serious cracks in our Republic.


14 posted on 01/08/2009 4:26:46 AM PST by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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To: jazusamo

God forbid that the United States ever adopt anything like the nightmare “health” systems of England and Canada! Health will be the first thing to go.


15 posted on 01/08/2009 4:28:44 AM PST by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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To: therut

Congratulations! Not one typo or spelling error!


16 posted on 01/08/2009 4:30:07 AM PST by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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To: GOP_Raider

“A great website, The Real Cuba shows what exactly happens to medical care in the phalanx that is “universal health care”.”

Thank you! That’s a great web site.


17 posted on 01/08/2009 4:33:20 AM PST by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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To: mcenedo

“He can say that again. Thomas Sowell for President, Supreme Court, or just about anything!
Bears repeating!! “

How about: “Palin/Sowell/2012”?


18 posted on 01/08/2009 4:35:01 AM PST by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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To: RoadTest; ebiskit; TenthAmendmentChampion; Obadiah; Mind-numbed Robot; A.Hun; johnny7; ...
“It is one of the painful signs of our times that millions of people are so easily swayed by rhetoric that they show virtually no interest at all in finding out the hard facts.”
Again Thomas Sowell identifies one of the most serious cracks in our Republic.
Yes. But I would identify the root of the problem in the monopoly which promotes the idea of the easy, cheap solution - the form of "press" created by the monopoly Associated Press in the mid-Nineteenth Century.

Big Journalism flatters its audience just as "Self esteem" education flatters students. Rather than challenging people to think, flattery denigrates the idea that thinking is necessary. "You are so great that your emotional reactions are superior to other people's best rational analysis." Doesn't that make you feel good? You don't have to think about anything at all! Nobody can be smarter than you!

The Right to Know


19 posted on 01/08/2009 6:20:43 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (Change is what journalism is all about. NATURALLY "change" is a winning political slogan.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

BTTT


21 posted on 01/08/2009 7:04:21 AM PST by E.G.C. (Click on a freeper's screename and then "In Forum" to read his/her posts)
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To: jazusamo

What are the costs and benefits of government price caps on health care services?


22 posted on 01/08/2009 7:55:03 AM PST by dbz77
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To: RoadTest
“A great website, The Real Cuba shows what exactly happens to medical care in the phalanx that is “universal health care”.”
And to think Michale Moore had used it as an example of great health care in Sicko .

As someone had pointed out to me, Moore had only used examples of well-to-do Cubans. This would be like making a documentary of British health care by relying only on the health care received by members of the House of Lords.
23 posted on 01/08/2009 7:58:37 AM PST by dbz77
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To: jazusamo

This will definitely be a must-read!


24 posted on 01/08/2009 8:14:45 AM PST by GWMcClintock (Right after Lib Democrats, the most dangerous politicians are country club Republicans. T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

BTTT!


25 posted on 01/08/2009 10:47:48 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: dbz77

“And to think Michale Moore had used it as an example of great health care in Sicko . “

The way they do for tourists in Russia and China.


26 posted on 01/08/2009 2:14:06 PM PST by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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To: jazusamo

ping


27 posted on 01/08/2009 2:29:29 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: FrPR

GERD sufferer?


28 posted on 01/08/2009 2:57:00 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: RoadTest

National Hell Care


29 posted on 01/08/2009 2:59:29 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: RoadTest

Wrong. “Grammar” is not spelled “grammer”.


30 posted on 01/08/2009 2:59:58 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion; All

Thanks for the ping. Let me flatter you c_I_c and THANK YOU for your OUTSTANDING posts, observations, essays, links, research, thinking.

BUMP-TO-THE-TOP!


31 posted on 01/08/2009 3:10:26 PM PST by PGalt
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To: jazusamo
Given the interest expressed by several posters on this thread, I thought you might want to re-ping your list. You can download the entire book in pdf format on the PRI web site.
32 posted on 01/08/2009 5:42:18 PM PST by Huntress (Proud owner of Norman/Norma, the transsexual attack cat.)
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To: Huntress; therut; abigail2; Alia; Amalie; American Quilter; arthurus; awelliott; Bahbah; ...

Repinging the list to Post #32. Huntress has provided a link that “The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care” can be downloaded in pdf format.

Thank you very much, Huntress!


33 posted on 01/08/2009 6:04:09 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks. Downloaded for later reading, but I was already scared by the stampede to Cuba style healthcare and dictatorship.


34 posted on 01/08/2009 6:10:11 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: Huntress; jazusamo
Thanx !/big>
35 posted on 01/08/2009 6:11:45 PM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: therut

That is a good “about page.” :)


36 posted on 01/08/2009 6:20:21 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: jazusamo
I just saw Tom dascle before the senate committee saying that we are ranked 30th in national health care. We therefore need universal health care.
37 posted on 01/08/2009 6:26:32 PM PST by oldbrowser (Break up the federal government.)
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To: oldbrowser

Goes to show how the leftist mind works, it’s pathetic.


38 posted on 01/08/2009 6:29:15 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: FrPR
Remember if you will that some of the best doctors in our country have “gulched,” and work on a cash basis when they can. It’s not easy to find them, but you can find them. Liberty always wins.

Amen. God bless all doctors and *gulp* dentists.

39 posted on 01/08/2009 7:12:05 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
*Thomas Sowell PING*

I heard Mark Levin talking about this issue on a tape delay broadcast earlier this evening. It truly scares me how so many people have bought into the sham that is about to crash upon us in less than three weeks.

We definitely need to watch, fight...and PRAY.

40 posted on 01/08/2009 11:57:03 PM PST by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Ping!


41 posted on 01/09/2009 5:17:30 PM PST by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: Texan5; secret garden; NeoCaveman; xsmommy; Gabz; CholeraJoe

an emergency book review....


42 posted on 01/10/2009 6:39:18 AM PST by tioga (Let us unite in prayer for our country.)
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