Saturday, June 23, 2007
Somebody explain this to me...
This is just a random thing that I have never quite understood about the generally accepted positions of the Democratic party.

I think we'd all agree that the Democratic party is all about a woman's right to choose and avoiding having anybody tell a woman what she has to do with her body. Right? Admirable position. I agree with it, actually.

So, how does this mesh with their grand plan of universal government-run health care? See, either they are pie-eyed optimists and think government is pure and wonderful, or they haven't thought things through to the natural conclusion.

If government is in charge of everybody's health care, they are going to do everything they can to cut costs. Right? We know this is true. In England, they are telling people to quit smoking if you want surgery. Why? Because smokers recover from surgery more slowly than non-smokers, apparently. This extra time to recovery keeps beds full and increases costs for the national medical system. So, the government is telling people to quit smoking if they want surgery, else they'll be put at the end of the line.

So, why would a party that believes in personal choice when it comes to the body be pushing for a governmental body to be able to dictate what you can or can't do if you want medical care? I'm confused. There is probably an answer in there somewhere, but I don't know what it is.
posted by Phoenix | 10:26 PM


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