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Is John Edwards trying to pay back all the doctors he sued, or what?

September 3, 2007

Is Edwards trying to pay back the doctors he sued, or does he just think this way?

Actually I’m indifferent to John Edwards’s campaign. I think he has zero chance of winning the Democratic nomination and the matter of his election is a non-issue. But sometimes I just find it amazing that people can actually think the way they do and declare it publicly, even if I don’t find the people interesting.

In this case, Edwards’s thoughts on health policy probably never entered FDR’s fondest nightmares. Mandatory preventive health care? Come on, no one could think that.

But Edwards says he does.  He says if you’re going to be in the system, “you have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK.” Only he doesn’t happen to mention any way to opt out of the system. His plan “requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care.” Not only that, but mental health is part of Edwards’s plan. I can only take this to mean that annual check-ins with a psychiatrist would be required, cradle to grave.

I wonder whether Edwards’s plan is designed to fund pill police to make sure you choke down all the good things Doctor gives you.

Interestingly, medical malpractice litigation was Edwards’s specialty when he practiced law. He tried more than 60 med-mal cases, more than half of which brought verdicts exceeding $1 million. He reported an AGI of $11.4 million in 1997. Tidy.

Perhaps Edwards is now enthralled with doctors because his wife has breast cancer. Perhaps his compulsory exam plan is a token of his appreciation, a way of paying doctors back.

Personally, I favor Dr. McDougal’s approach:  “Seek medical attention when your body tells you that you are having trouble. These messages come in the form of a few signs and symptoms, like pain, nausea, weakness, bleeding, and discharges; or as changes in your normal functions, like shortness of breath, difficulty in urination, hearing loss and decreased vision. Otherwise, as the saying goes: ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’….The goal of every patient should be to remain out of the health care system.”

Again, I’m not concerned that Edwards will be elected and push this irrational nonsense through. I’m simply holding it up as an example of really, really poor thinking. It’s also an example of why Americans should appreciate that Dr. Ron Paul, MD, holds a view of health care that is in extreme contrast to John Edwards’s or Hillary Clinton’s, or the view of anyone else who is running for president. As a doctor, Ron Paul knows that patients with marketplace choices are healthier than captive patients treated by captive doctors. Here are some links to introduce Ron Paul’s thoughts on the subject of health care:

Ron Paul on Health Care 

Lowering the Cost of Health Care

Health Freedom 

Diagnosing Our Health Care Woes

  1. September 4, 2007 5:28 am

    Why is it that no woman should have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy, but we all of us will have to deal with unwanted physicals. Is it not my body in this case also? But I think the creeping statism emerges clearly: it’s not, actually, my body. It’s the government’s body.

  2. September 4, 2007 5:37 am

    Aye, Ruben, the “body politic.” And creeping statism becomes very creepy statism when everybody has a share.

  3. scribbles2day permalink
    September 4, 2007 7:55 pm

    “The goal of every patient should be to remain out of the health care system.”

    How long has it been since I heard THAT? Why, if the whole country were hypochondreatic, we would most certainly need the democrats! Fancy the logic!

  4. September 6, 2007 8:59 am

    Good point, Ruben. M and I saw this and gaped for a while. (He has an Estonian textbook ready in case of emergency. Not that they’ve been doing so well politically either, what with a certain pernicious neighbor intruding again, but that is officially our Backup Country at present.)

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