The World According To Bob

Bob Allen is a philosopher and cyber libertarian. He advocates for the basic human rights of men. Bob has learned to cut through the political nonsense, the propaganda hate, the surface discourse, and talk about the underlying metamessage that the front is hiding. Bob tells it like it is and lets the chips fall where they may. If you like what you read be sure to bookmark this blog and share it with your friends.

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You can't make wrong into right by doing wrong more effectively. It's time for real MEN to stand up and take back our families, our society, and our self respect. It is not a crime to be born a man. It is not a crime to act manly.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Affordable Health Care For All

America needs to improve medical care while doing something about the horrible medical industrial complex. Just yesterday Bob was told about a man who went to a hospital for a 3 year follow up of a bypass surgery. While there the hospital gave him a drug resistant staph infection and a blood infection. The poor guy almost died. He will take weeks to regain some semblance of health. And what’s worse, the statistics on bypass surgery is that it DOES NOT extend life, on average. The average 5 year life expectancy after bypass surgery is no better than without bypass surgery. The surgery patient gets NO expected increase in life expectancy, but does get a guaranteed 6 months of severe physical pain and suffering. He also gets a severe depletion of his life savings, which the medical busine$$ takes.

For decades the AMA has held a tight monopoly on medical treatment, a monopoly authorized and ensured by the federal government. Breaking the monopoly of a single provider pricing at extreme “pay or die” prices should be a first priority. Breaking the pharmaceutical monopoly should be second. A month’s worth of pills that costs $0.25 in Africa will cost $25 in Europe and $250 in the US. The monopoly pricing must be broken, and Americans must be able to buy from low priced sources at home or abroad. Better information is needed. People need to be told before their $400,000 bypass surgery that the average patient doesn’t live any longer, but does suffer 6 months of surgical pain. People need to know that hormone treatments given to females for 40 years kill more patients than they save. Men need to know that prostate tests have more false positives than correct readings, and that even if you know you‘ve got it, there is no effective treatment for prostate cancer. The US medical business is fairly good at fixing broken bones, but beyond that they are often worse than useless.

For some years we have heard numerous Democratic politicians whining about guaranteed medical care for everyone. But NONE of them is even willing to talk about actually doing anything to improve medical care. All they ever propose is to write a massive blank check to the medical industrial complex at taxpayer expense. The medical industrial complex, AMA, doctors, hospitals, and drug companies all pay huge sums to campaign funds to buy politicians.

Hussein Obama plans to write a blank check for universal health care Here

Senatrix Hitllary plans to write a blank check for universal health care Here

John Edwards plans to write a blank check for universal health care Here

Bill Richardson plans to write a blank check for universal health care Here

On the Republican side there is a little less uniformity, some attempts at innovation, and fewer proponents of blank check solutions.

Senator McCain advocates restructuring the medical industrial complex to bring competition into health care. Here

Rudy Giuliani focuses on “insurance” coverage which, again, is simply writing a blank check to the medical industrial complex. He talks about “innovative approaches” but missing is any thought of breaking the AMA monopoly or the pharmaceutical monopoly. Here

Mike Huckabee recites much of the same old saw about improving “insurance” blank check medical care. No improvement there either. Here

Ron Paul talks about making health care more affordable by elimination of government regulation, but has no specific proposals. He also does not mention breaking health care monopolies and monopoly “pay or die” pricing. Here

Fred Thompson talks about innovation lowering costs and reducing regulations to allow competition. No blank check is proposed Here

Mitt Romney is a big city liberal who’s narrow vision focuses on ways to pay the blank checks demanded by the medical industrial complex. Here

Bob’s suggestions
1. We need to break the AMA monopoly on doctor education and licensing. High prices are maintained by limiting the number of doctors and unreasonably extending the difficulty of new doctors in medical schools. End the government sponsored AMA quota system that limits medical school enrollments. Allow medical schools to train as many doctors as they are capable of training.

2. We need to allow some lesser practitioner for lower technical medications. Routine medications should just be available from trained pharmacists. Stitching up cuts and bruises doesn’t need 6 years in medical school. Save the high priced doctors for the highly technical or unusually difficult, non-routine, injuries and illnesses.

3. Surgery should be subject to the same kind of “safe and efficacious” standards that drugs are subject to. Hundreds of thousands of needless or harmful surgeries should just be eliminated, surgeries that do not prolong life or increase quality of life.

4. “Heroic” end of life care should be drastically reduced. One report said that 80% of “health care” is spent in the last 6 months of people’s lives, after which they die. Much of the time the only effect of the “treatment” is to reduce the quality of life during the person’s final few months, and to empty their life savings into the bank accounts of the doctors.

5. Medications should be available on Internet order from the lowest cost provider, whether American or off shore. A month’s supply of pills that costs $0.25 in Africa should be available by Internet order for about a buck plus shipping. The $250, pay or die, pricing of American monopoly pharmacies must be broken. There is no reason to require me to pay another $100 to visit an AMA member for permission to pay $250 for overpriced medicine. I can read the manufacturer’s web site with all the “doctor” information just as fast as the AMA member can. I am the consumer who has to pay. I have a right to buy from the low priced supplier without government standing in my way.

I don't see any of the politicians talking about the real solutions that Bob has proposed. Only John McCain even talks about real reform, but his platform is not very well thought out.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He now has a urinary infection aswell.
He is not incontinent but the medical staff decided to keep him on a catheter anyway because they don't want to be bothered helping their 'charge' into the bathroom. I don't think women nurses see sick or old people as human beings. I think that they see them as someone who pays their bills and that's it. The foreign nurses probably think that a humiliating slow death (of an otherwise healty person) is "just deserts" for "fat cat americans". Kill you will a smile.

January 04, 2008 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also I overheard a woman (visiting) say to her elderly mother that she wasn't voting for hillary because she does not respect hillary because hillary "did not dump her husband after the affairs". Women think they own and are to rule over men in the USA... and they do. We need to destroy all that believe women should have rights and power. For all the femmi thumpers: The Bible allows polygamy, and talks about concubines all over the place (God even seems to reward his favorite people with both wives and concubines (girlfriends)).

Death To women's Rights.
Viva Men's Liberties.

January 04, 2008 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is an asshole.

January 05, 2008 3:49 PM  
Anonymous darksidZz said...

You are right and wrong. The problem is very high, alot of medications from off shore are actually fake! They're made with things like dry wall and such, almost undetectable to an untrained eye. This would be a major obstacle if they implimented what you describe!

January 07, 2008 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my Next World Order, the following would apply;

Profiteering by drug companies, their executives, or their agents, will result in execution by firing squad of individuals engaged in said profiteering. PERIOD!

Any benefactors/survivors of individuals, corporations, or entities found to be profiteering from medical needs/emergencies/research etc. will, after said execution, be subject to complete confiscation and dissolution of said business apparatus without recourse. PERIOD.

Said assets will be used to support non-profit arms of societies dedicated to the development of true Samaritans and dedicated to the individuals who see their Hippocratic Oath as an allegiance to God, the maker, not the Multi-national (pharmaceutical) companies---the takers!

Three years of summary executions of medical profiteers will cut our health-care costs by 90 PERCENT, GUARANTEED!

January 08, 2008 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone needs to get THE NEW ATKINS REVOLUTION, not sure of the name, and read it. A lot of health problems go away when you cut back no excess carbs. It cleans out the arteries and veins, and the heart itself.

On another topic, my son is in med school. His mother-in-law called some weeks ago, upset, because her husband was told he needed major heart surgery. My son asked some questions, and said it sounded totally bogus, and told them to get a second opinion. Turns out his heart is in great shape. A doctor wanted a bunch of money, and was willing to destroy a man's well-being to get it.

anonymous age 65

January 11, 2008 8:52 PM  

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