Bush is simply an idiot

I guess it’s more important to kill 1,000,000 innocent civilians in Iraq for a threat that never existed than it is to be certain that healthcare services are available for your family members when they are ill:

Bush’s proposed Medicare budget would cut $15 billion over five years through a reduction of annual updates for inpatient care. It would also cut $25 billion from payments to hospitals serving large numbers of poor people, and $20 billion from payments for capital projects such as putting up new buildings and buying equipment, the New York Time reports

Read the rest of the store on the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog

With Bush certain to leave and Edward’s out of the race, I’m more than happy with anyone else to fill the spot.

  10 comments for “Bush is simply an idiot

  1. Sine Nomine
    February 3, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Sorry the “Lancet” articles totals & methodology have been

    TOTALLY discredited. Plus they people conducting the survey

    were NOT neutral. Many more Iraqis were killed by Saddam &

    his sons that by the WAR.

  2. Doc Shazam
    February 3, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Glad to see you got the point of my post NoName.

  3. dagamore
    February 4, 2008 at 10:17 am

    I must have missed the part of the Constituion that requires the Federal Government to give any sort of health care to any people in the US. But i guess thats not the point you wanted me to see.

  4. dagamore
    February 4, 2008 at 10:18 am

    that should say Constitution, note to self, dont post before coffee.

  5. Doc Shazam
    February 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for stopping back by. THere is a federal law, thus not in the constitution, called EMTALA that requires anyone who presents to the ER, or is on hospital property who is requesting an evaluation to be evaluated for an emergency medical condition regardless of their ability to pay. We call it the unfunded mandate. We are required by law to do it, but we do not get reimbursed to do so.

    Healthcare in teh US is unsustainable and the government can intervene. My point was that instead of spending billions in a silly war that should have long been over, that money can be put to a use that will directly benefit everyone in the US, not just those receiving medicare.

  6. dagamore
    February 5, 2008 at 8:24 am

    You are right Doc Shazam, The government does such a great job of everything it does they should run our healthcare at the same time. Just think we could get that wonderful VA treatment as the standard not the abnormal abomination that it is.

    I know about EMTALA, did not recall what it was called but I know what you are talking about. And I am still looking for the part of the Constitution that requires the Federal Government to supply that. I have no problem with the States or Local governments requiring this, but I dont see how Healthcare relates to interstate commerce. Just think of the great quality of care we could get. If every visit to any doctor is like a trip to the DMV, hope you get in to the right line, with the right paperwork. But that’s another issue all together.

  7. Doc Shazam
    February 6, 2008 at 6:30 am

    I’m neither a politician nor an analyst. But I can tell you from the inside that healthcare is already broken. Bush states that the current rate of medicare/medicaid spending is unsustainable, which is simply a reflection of total state of healthcare in the US…unsustainable. I think the only fix is for the entire system to collapse and we will be forced to build it from the ground up. Every physician will have to be sued and quit practice for the malpractice vampires to realize that they are only helping their own pocketbooks and not the healthcare system. When Edward’s parents/wife/children arrive at an ER by ambulance and have to wait 6 hours to be seen mabye he’ll change his tune and start fighting FOR physicans, nurses and the medical system instead of against it.

    Sorry…rambling rant…ignore if you like…

  8. kidsdoc
    February 7, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    right there with you, doc shazam. you rock!

  9. dagamore
    February 8, 2008 at 12:49 pm


    I have to agree with you, and no I dont work in the medical field anymore, full disclosure I did work as Medical IT support in WA state for a few years, and have dated more then a few nurses, I also think that the biggest problem with the current medical field is the malpractice lottery lawyers such as Edwards out there that are running and pricing the docs out of the price range. Hopefully someday this trend will end and some of the good docs can come back, but I doubt it will happen with out a full collapse. And I dont know if the people are ready to pay that sort of price in lives that it will cost for a total collapse to happen.

  10. MCA
    May 21, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Don’t count Edwards out, he may just ride in there with John McCain….Scary thought, but very likely.

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