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From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and that the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently. Equality before the law and material equality are therefore not only different but are in conflict with each other; and we can achieve either one or the other, but not both at the same time

-- F.A. Hayak

Thursday, August 13, 2009

American College of Surgeons Go After Obama - Ho Hum!

At President Obama's Portsmouth townhall, Obama made the following claims:
  1. Physicians are motivated to remove tonsils because they make more money (CNN Video)
  2. Surgeons would rather receive $30K to $50K for amputating limbs of diabetics than the pittance they get for preventative care (CNN Video)
While the American College of Physicians had something to say about Obama's understanding of medical practice, it bears repeating that no doctor in their right mind would prescribe pain pills to an elderly patient as an alternative to surgically implanting a pacemaker. How many of us really believe pediatricians have a secret cottage industry for tonsillectomies? Do you take seriously the narrative that diabetics are ignored for years by doctors in order to get them into the chop shop? Still, despite groups like the ACS or the AMA who try to set the record straight, President Obama continues to advance these bizarre scenarios as though he thinks people are going to believe him. Truth be told, more and more Americans do believe him because that's all they hear and read from the major media outlets.
 
Criticizing Obama for being a charlatan is misplaced, if only because I argue that he really believes the truth of his claims. Remember, this man has lived in a Leftist bubble all of his adult life. And while Obama's truths are mere shibboleths to people who know better, he feels passionately that the problems his beliefs convey must be solved -- evidently at all costs! Unfortunately, the President hasn't the first clue about how medicine is actually practiced in America and neither do most Americans.
 
And therein lies the problem: I am just cynical enough to believe that he will be able to fool enough people with his made-up scenarios as to make ObamaCare a reality for all of us.