Wed Jul, 15 2009
Half-Assed Utilitarian Morris
"And it is the elderly who rationing will most effect. Who should get a knee replacement a 40 year old or a 70 year old? Who should get a new hip, a young person or an old person? Who should have priority in the operating room a seventy year old diabetic who needs bypass surgery or a younger person? Obviously, it is the elderly who will get short shrift under his proposal."Dick Morris explicates what has always been implicit. The foolishness of AARP in all this is just horrifying. This is like watching people dressed in their Sunday best, laughing and having a good time on line for the Zyklon B salad-bar.
His argument to this point is gold-plated. His conclusion is strictly atavist. Medicare must be destroyed as fast as possible. It is the coercive intervention against which no private endeavor can compete, and greatly responsible for the state of American medicine now. Reversion to a previous system-restoration point (to cop a Windows metaphor) will not do, because that is corrupt, too, and it was, first. The only reason that its destructive consequences have not been completely comprehensive is that it was a half-assed effort at socialism. Even so, it is something that is evil in its roots and branches and it cannot go on.
Morris understands the mechanics of the new Amsoc. Do not, however, mistake him for a principled man whose first political value is freedom.