November 24, 2009

SOME BLIND PIG IS GOING TO BED HUNGRY TONIGHT:

Rationing, the Unspeakable, But Honest Solution (Eugene Robinson, 11/24/09, RCP)

The uproar over the on-again, off-again guidelines on when women should have mammograms is proof of the blindingly obvious: Health care reform that actually controls costs -- rather than just pretending to do so -- would be virtually impossible to achieve.

I say "would be" because none of the voluminous reform bills being shuttled around the Capitol on hand trucks even tries to address a central factor that sends costs spiraling out of control, which is that each of us wants the best shot at a long, healthy life that medical science can offer. Just as all politics is local, all health care is personal. Skimping on somebody else's tests and procedures may be worth debating, but don't mess with mine. [...]

The honest solution is a word that cannot be spoken: rationing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 24, 2009 12:28 PM
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