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Dr. Ben Carson: Healthcare Is ‘Upside Down’ : NPR (and another thing)

They make money by denying people care. That’s an inherent conflict of interest. That situation needs to be addressed. Some people would say that’s not a conservative way of thinking. But I don’t think really conservative or liberal; I think what makes sense? What’s going to help the American people? What’s going to give them what they need? Not only in health care but in terms of jobs, in terms of education, in terms of a whole host of issues that, you know, I addressed in the most recent book, “America the Beautiful.”

via Dr. Ben Carson: Healthcare Is 'Upside Down' : NPR.

Funny how Dr. Carson made no mention of insurance companies “denying people care” in their drive to make profits at the “2013 National Prayer Breakfast.” The surprising thing will be if he uses this “denying people care” observation in describing the insurance industry at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) or if he’ll make any criticism of any corporate entity or group.

Wonder if he’ll start his speech with

It’s very difficult to speak to a large group of people these days and not offend someone. I know people walk around with their feelings on their shoulders waiting for you to say something – ahh – did you hear that? And they can’t hear anything else you say. The PC police are out in force at all times.

My guess is that if he does that his American Conservative Union comrades will not characterize his comments as “not a criticism of anything but just some stuff that makes sense, logical things that make sense.” It’s unlikely that Ayn Rand disciples masquerading as “for-God-so-love-the-world” Christians will tolerate any criticism of “job creators.”

Dr. Ben Carson: Healthcare Is ‘Upside Down’ : NPR

Dr. Ben Carson: Healthcare Is 'Upside Down' : NPR.

When Dr. Ben Carson talks Healthcare he leaves his brain at home. His proposals are stupid on steroids.

Dr. Carson wants you to shop around for health bargains.

I proposed health savings accounts for everybody starting at birth, is because you very quickly accumulate an amount of money that you can use for your interactions with those health care providers. Also, you develop a very good doctor-patient relationship and also because you now have some responsibility for that account, you’re going to be looking for good bargains

You know like finding who has a bargain on x-rays. Maybe someone puts tonsillectomies on special in December and you can give someone a gift card for one or maybe by-pass surgery. That health savings account that Dr. Carson is proposing is supposed to make you a conscientious consumer of health care and you won’t spend so much on health care because you only have so much to spend. You’re spending too much. That’s the problem with healthcare in this country, people without savings accounts are costing too much money, right? If we could just put purchasing power in the hands of some of the most marketing-vulnerable in this country, we could solve our healthcare cost problem. All this in an age when “more sophisticated scientific understanding and inexpensive new technologies have raised the odds on marketers’ being successful.” You have companies, indeed an industry, which specializes in “applying psychology and new brain science” to marketing and now you have a noted, respected neurosurgeon advocating a scenario in which more people can be victimized under the guise of saving money and developing “good doctor-patient” relationships. Dr. Carson would have made a good addition to the RepubliCon clown car that was the Republican Party primary. Wait! Wait! I get it. Dr. Carson isn’t stupid on steroids. He is actually trying out his post-retirement plan as a stand-up comic.

Scrambled Religion for Breakfast?

Just watched Dr. Carson’s speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast. Never knew he was a spokesman for FreedomWorks and the Heritage Foundation with all that talk about Health Savings Accounts(at 21:10 in the video). In his deified “free-enterprise” system (a system that has never existed when you considered how big players routinely combined to bar entry and restrict competition see McCarran–Ferguson Act) how many “85 year-olds” with “six diseases” are going to have anything in a HSA to pay medical bills? When you consider the crack about not having to worry about a “Dealth Panel” because you have an HSA that may be the idea behind the practice basically to make sure that survival of the economic fitness is given a chance to fully flower. Who needs any stinking end of life counseling? Just let the money run, end of conversation. Isn’t that so much more humane?
(Listen to Dr. Carson’s example about the diabetic “choosing” to go the clinic instead of the emergency room because of the amount of money he has in his HSA at about 21:40 in the video)

In this “free-enterprise” system who is the “we” who will put money into the HSA’s (would they be like a Goldman-Sachs account) of the indigent instead of some implied “Medicare-like bureaucracy” as you propose? What is amazing is how American-styled capitalism (it’s not the only type of capitalism that exists) how American-style capitalism has left us a nation where doctors who have Jesus as a role model (see video about 17:58), I don’t recall Jesus charging the paralytic for healing or the lepers filing bankruptcy because they couldn’t pay for their cure, are supporting a health system which is put to shame by the Buddhist in Japan :).