Rahm's brother, Ezekiel, butchers the moral issues on health care
Hilariously, Mini-Rahm's against single payer because of [wait for it] American exceptionalism:
The biggest problem with single-payer is its failure to cohere with core American values.
Uh huh. Like the insurance companies' business model of denying care for profit is a core American value?
And hilariously, Mini-Rahm thinks that the issue is health insurance:
In a morally responsible country, everyone should have health insurance*.
But that's not true. Mini-Rahm's sentence should read:
In a morally responsible country, everyone should have health
Mini-Rahm prates about core American values, but if these quotes are any indication, he has no concept of "moral responsibility" at all. He just gets the basic issues wrong; in other words, he's a classic Villager. See (via Allegre) this one story:
Last week, in the public clinic where I work, I treated a 6-year-old girl who had visited the emergency room for cellulitis, an infection of the skin, over her hand. Usually a relatively minor condition that is easily treated with a 10-day course of antibiotics, cellulitis can sometimes cause severe consequences, including life-threatening sepsis, if not treated promptly.
The reason this patient was notable was because she was uninsured and had been sent home with a prescription that her mother tried to fill but
was unable to afford. How much did the antibiotic suspension cost? $500.
The moral problem is the child's cellulitis, not which business or government entity processes the payment, if any. It's denial of care that is the harm done, here. Mini-Rahm, like a classic bad salesperson, is trying to sell a drill, when the buyer wants a hole. Please, please, can Conyers call him as a witness?
Anyhow, Zeke wants to abolish fee for service instead (anyone know how the single payer countries, like Canada, handle that?)
What does he advocate? Vouchers.
Worked for the schools!
Well, now the cat's out of the bag, eh?
NOTE Do people who are, at bottom, most concerned about keeping the health insurance companies in business use this frame? A question to be asked...
NOTE Hat tip Alert reader CaseyOR.