Beck's radio show is running a wonderful parody of Shameless John Edwards, but they've missed the biggest chutzpah of all.
Edwards is DIRECTLY AND PERSONALLY responsible for a significant part of our health care crisis. Obstetricians are wasting money on tests, doing far more C-Sections than necessary, and simply leaving the practice in droves, because of the pattern of lawsuits that Edwards started. And now Edwards has the MONUMENTAL GALL to complain about the costly and inefficient medical system.
This actually beats the old joke about killing your parents and pleading for mercy on grounds that you're an orphan.
Truly, the only way out of the mess is to take up full and total government-owned medicine. That will disentangle the awful and unmanageable semi-monopolistic / semi-governmental maze we have now. After that, we'll at least be able to see and measure what's really happening; and the result quite possibly will be better than the current setup. It really can't be worse.
And there is
justice in the universe. When the system is owned by the government, the legal principle of Sovereign Immunity will apply, and IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO SUE DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS! Giving Edwards what he wants [or claims to want] will put him and all his evil cohort out of a job!
Not quite as satisfying as the Shakespeare Solution, but still pretty damn good.
That one fact, all by itself, makes the change worthwhile. That one fact will allow doctors to return to common sense, and will allow the whole system to work better.
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While I'm ranting on this subject:
The brand-R talking point vendors always say: "If you like the way the Post Office or the DMV treats you, then you'll love socialized medicine."
This comparison may work for some people, but it sure as hell doesn't work for me. In my adult life, say 35 years, I've used private doctors about 8 times, and used emergency rooms about 4 times. My experience with private doctors has been worse than the DMV every single time. Long waits, disdainful and contemptuous attitudes, no attempt to listen to what I'm saying, and worst of all, bad advice and wrong diagnoses. Emergency room experience was actually better: more respect, more attention, and correct diagnoses.
So would I rather have DMV-type health care? Hell yes. The DMV treats you with contempt, but at least you get a valid
license at the end of the process!