Saturday, June 07, 2003

Rights and Reason: Bush Calls for Innovation in Medicare

President Bush made the following statement about Medicare during his weekly presidential radio address:

"Today, doctors routinely treat their patients with prescription drugs, preventive care and groundbreaking medical devices — but Medicare coverage has not kept pace with these changes. Our goal is to give seniors the best, most innovative care.

"This will require a strong, up-to-date Medicare system that relies on innovation and competition, not bureaucratic rules and regulations," he said.
Hmmm. Replace the word "Medicare" with "medical" and we would have license to bring the free market back to health care. If President Bush really wants "innovation and competition" and "bureaucratic rules and regulations," he would do just that.

It's amazing though that the people of the land of the free and the home of the brave are so afraid of their freedom that they would never demand the immediate abolition of government boondoggles like Medicare as a simple matter of principle. That's the power of altruism though--if you belive that need is a claim on the life of another, you will never be open to the manifest defects that the practical application of altruism produces.

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