Monday, March 21, 2011

State of Texas inadvertently supports socialized medicine

The free market types say that private business will always work better than government, despite the many examples to the contrary (for example, does anybody believe that mall cops are anywhere near as competent, well-trained, and well-equipped as your city's police force?). So what about medicine? Same deal there.

Well, except that the State of Texas is getting whanged big-time for neo-natal ICU care, and... claims it's because hospitals are money-grubbing capitalists who are ripping people off (including the State of Texas's Medicaid program). They didn't use those exact words, of course. But that's what they basically said: That capitalism doesn't work for medical care, because hospitals will suck you dry for every dime they can, regardless of whether it's warranted or not.

Waiting for wingnut heads to explode... err... never. Because they'll just say "Nuh-uh, not so!" and petulantly stamp their feet and put their hands over their ears and say "nyah nyah nyah I can't hear you!", then call you a Communist for daring suggest that capitalists could ever be, well, evil. Uhm, sorry, honeys. That wasn't me saying it. That was the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, a division of the Texas state government.

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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