Tuesday, August 18, 2009

No Health Care No Life

Andy Ellis's "thought exercise" that he posted on facebook today is priceless.

Here is a thought exercise

10,000 people die each year because of lack of health careI think the solution to that problem is to balance the equation

There are a few ways to do that. The obvious and preferable way to do that is to have no body die for lack of health care.That would be fair, just and compassionate.

But their is another way.It doesn't balance by zeroing

It balances at 10 k.

It is pretty simple, for each uninsured person who dies because of lack of health care1 person would need to die because they have health care.

The right can tote their guns, but they don't need them to kill peoplethey can do that simply by being stubborn, loud, and selfish.

And really, at no cost to themselves. So it might be a good idea to have a cost to get them to stop killing 10k americans a year.

I would prefer a more humane solution, but it is worth wondering what would happen if the uninsured were as willing to kill to have what they wanted as the insured are.

No Health Care No Life


philosopete said...

Just take it to the extreme. The Republicans want free market competition in the health insurance market. They are also frightened of the mythical 'death boards.' they hallucinate will appear with insurance reform.

Hospitals get paid by DRG's--Diagnostic Related Groupings. You get admitted to the hospital with, say, pneumonia. The hospital gets paid the same amount whether you are there for one day or twenty.

So if you are a medicare patient, and you get admitted to the hospital, a logical thing to do would to turn the death boards into 'death squads.' Just have them go to the hospital as soon as a medicare patient is admitted and kill them. The hospital gets the full DRG, and the insurance companies don't have to pay doctors for care, and the free market economy will be back in full swing.

It's not competition, but it's not the creeping socialism the Republicans fear. Maybe the C-street boys could help.

Anonymous said...

Check this out. Apparently the GOPers share my assessment if not my concern:

"By and large, we are going to see Republicans take a step back as Democrats fight this out amongst themselves because there's no better offense than have your opponent fight one other."

And Sekoff [said] this could be a losing issue in 2010, "if they let it get whittled down to the point when it's reform only in name."

"And, at that point ... it won't work, because it won't work without real reform," he said Tuesday. "And then the Republicans will turn around it and use it as a cudgel in 2010 and 2012, and saying -- say, 'see, government can't do anything right.' "