Three decades ago, it was AIDS. Now, it's a myriad of illnesses. And once again, individuals, and their families, are fighting off deadly diseases. And once again, the bureaucracy is on the other side.
And curiously, the Post seems to be on the side of the bureaucrats. That is, the side of "regular order," the side of trusting the system to do the right thing. Very curious.
What we really need is a wide-open system of compassionate use, plus maximum experimentation. That's how problems get solved the fastest.
And while it would be nice if our leaders, including within the bureaucracy, had such vision, it's nice that somebody, at least, has it. As the AIDS activists proved, vision from the bottom up can get the job done--or at least push the ball forward.
This article, full of hope for transformative technology, quotes Jim Pinkerton herein: Yes, all that will make for great theater in the run-up to November’s congressional elections, and fortunately for the Republicans, health insurance’s implosion is happening on Obama’s watch. But I’m talking about medicine, medical research, and cures. As Jim Pinkerton, a former White House domestic policy adviser to Presidents Reagan and Bush 41, likes to say, “A cure is better than care. It’s cheaper to beat than to treat.”
Reuters reports that people are dying of new viruses in Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. Which is to say, the next round of contagion, this time in the real world, could be just an airplane-ride away. Meanwhile, the state of Connecticut is pushing forward on a different cause--it is mandating that health insurers pay for gender-reassignment. The Hartford Courant reports: The Connecticut Insurance Department is directing all health insurance companies operating in the state to provide coverage of mental health counseling, hormone therapy, surgery and other treatments related to a patient's gender transition. Such mandates could have something to do with higher "healthcare" costs. That is, if governments are continue to pile more mandates on the insurance system, of course costs will go up. So much for "bending the curve." People should be free to choose their own destiny, but it's not so obvious that the rest of us should pay for it. At the very minimum, we should be honest enough to admit that restraining the growth of healthcare costs if not going to be possible if the government continues to unconstrain healthcare costs. Meanwhile, people are dying.
There are also the words this year that were most conspicuous by their absence. They're the words we don't use when we talk about health care. Actually we don't talk much about health care, we talk about health insurance. Fox News's Jim Pinkerton says the absent words in the ongoing debate are "medicine," "research" and "cure." Do you want to make a dent in future health-care costs? Cure Alzheimers. That's where the cost will be as the health of the baby boomers falters. Insurance isn't the key. It was never the key. It's a product. Cure and care are the words of the future.