Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Oh, no. If there was any doubt that the Federal takeover of the healthcare industry is a bad idea, Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization just stepped in to remove it.
"The people in this country and their leaders are courageous. That (healthcare reform) is an unprecedented achievement," WHO Director General Margaret Chan said.

How so?
She argued that unrestricted market forces were limited as a means of redressing imbalances in global health care.

Uh oh. Imbalances in global health? What did any of this have to do with global health?
Conservatives and other critics argue that it will send the U.S. budget deficit soaring and slow economic recovery, but also that it represents unwarranted federal intrusion into the freedom of individuals to make healthcare choices. Chan has made clear her view that governments and global organizations such as WHO should make a case for market regulation to deliver more equitable health benefits.

"Market forces, all by themselves, will not solve social problems. That is why public health needs to be concerned,"

Holy crap! Market forces will not solve social problems? They are not intended to solve social problems. And while you are at it, can you show where government intrusion solved social problems?

How is it that the legislation passed supposedly to extend healthcare benefits is seen by a bureaucrat like Chan as being an opportunity for social engineering?

We're screwed.


  1. Isn't it all about social engineering (or, Socialist engineering, as the case may be)? Healthcare is just a very efficient way to do it.

    An interesting link from Pundit & Pundette, re the GOP retreat from "Repeal, and then real reform' in their title of the day. Just in case your blue funk was starting to fade.

  2. ‘Give me a little more liberty, or make me ill’?”

    That's a good one. Yeah, Patrick Henry doesn't have quite the same energy when parsed in today's GOP political speak.

    “Repeal, and then real reform” — that’s the right message, and the one that reflects the American people’s views. “Partial repeal” actually legitimizes Obamacare and helps to sell it by suggesting that the GOP doesn’t really think it’s all that bad.

    Exactly. Lay out how we think healthcare might be improved - open up insurance competition across state lines, address tort reform to decrease defensive medicine and the high costs of malpractice insurance which ultimately either decrease physician participation (few FP's are doing deliveries these days) or cause the costs to be passed on to the patients. We have real reform possibilities that would work, that would keep people free to make their own healthcare decisions. Much better than this poseur bill dressed up as 'reform' but better titled healthcare leverage.

    Nice link, Cath.