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For the Life of Them, Liberals Can’t Seem to Understand How the Profit Motive Works

August 13, 2009

Obama’s recent health care town hall had it all: left-wing plants, straw men, vehement denials of the White House snitch site and the health care bill’s end of life counseling provisions, and even the issuance of a dire warning that rogue doctors want to harvest our appendages for profit.  This, from a man who spent the preponderance of campaign ’08 bemoaning the politics of fear and division that so “divided” us.

Liberals, for the life of them, can’t seem to understand that the for all the awwwwful “greed” that the profit motive inspires, there’s the utilitarian side-effect that the profit motive also encourages moral and ethical conduct that ensures continued patronage.  Doctors don’t need a labyrinthian array of laws constraining them from sawing-off perfectly good limbs because the market itself discourages such behavior.  A doctor who is known for ordering superfluous tests, for instance, would–absent the behemoth cost of malpractice insurance caused by blood-sucking trial lawyers (a key Democratic constituency)–be constrained because consumers would avoid him like the plague. A good doctor, informed by a healthy understanding of free markets, understands that poor business practices result in less profit.  On the other hand, ethical conduct tends to be rewarded in the form of increased profits.

The American College of Surgeons heard the President’s preposterous claim as well, and wasted no time responding:

We agree with the President that the best thing for patients with diabetes is to manage the disease proactively to avoid the bad consequences that can occur, including blindness, stroke, and amputation.  But as is the case for a person who has been treated for cancer and still needs to have a tumor removed, or a person who is in a terrible car crash and needs access to a trauma surgeon, there are times when even a perfectly managed diabetic patient needs a surgeon.  The President’s remarks are truly alarming and run the risk of damaging the all-important trust between surgeons and their patients.

We assume that the President made these mistakes unintentionally, but we would urge him to have his facts correct before making another inflammatory and incorrect statement about surgeons and surgical care.

In other words: Yes, we would like to endorse your crappy health care plan, but would you please stop accusing us of being overpaid butchers?

I just had a thought!  We could probably be saved this whole debate and a ton of money if we could stop trial lawyers from pimping politicians and paid a nominal fee to get our Congressmen and women enrolled in a microeconomics class.

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