Teddy’s health plan. Dowd’s whiteout. Hillary’s Indian adventure. Enviros’ indulgences. Plus more.
TEDDY WON’T SWALLOW HIS OWN MEDICINE
Re: Robert M. Goldberg’s The Kennedy-Orszag $700 Billion Fix:
Robert M. Goldberg writes of Senator Ted Kennedy that “he truly believes that only government can ‘move from a system that rewards doctors for the sheer volume of tests and treatments they prescribe to one that rewards quality and positive outcomes.’”
Goldberg then cites as Kennedy’s example:
“In Medicare today, 18 percent of patients discharged from a hospital are re-admitted within 30 days — at a cost of more than $15 billion in 2005. Most of these re-admissions are unnecessary, but we don’t reward hospitals and doctors for preventing them. By changing that, we’ll save billions of dollars while improving the quality of care for patients.”
Senator Kennedy is 76 years old. He has been hospitalized multiple times in the past year due to his brain cancer. Senator Kennedy is going to die.
Therefore, his hospital readmission was unnecessary? Though
Senator Kennedy has lived a long and privileged life, he has made
lifestyle choices that are not conducive to good health. At what
point would President Obama, as Commander in Chief of
Medical Forces, tell the Senator that he’s not getting the
surgery, only a painkiller? By Senator Kennedy’s definition,
shared by President Obama, succumbing prematurely would be a
— Dan Martin
Thanks, Mr. Goldberg, for another incisive analysis. I have to fight against rising anger every time that huge hypocrite Teddy Kennedy opens his mouth.
Here’s why. You wrote, “Kennedy’s legislation would rob Americans first of choice, then of progress, and ultimately of victory against diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and stroke.”
Error. It should read “most Americans.” Kennedy and his family will always have access to the best care available. He, his family, and his friends in the very highest places will never allow the restrictions they will place on everyone else’s healthcare to have a whisper of an effect on their own.
We’ll get painkillers instead, and euthanasia when they’re ready
to foist that off on us and expect our averted-eyes boot-licking
— A.C. Santore
DO YOU FEEL LUCKY?
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Maureen Dowd:
Jeffrey Lord in this article made my day. Sorry Clint but I have
a new hero.
— J. Gedroic
Congratulations to Jeffrey Lord — nobody could describe Maureen Dowd and the New York Times better. As a refugee from a communist country so many years ago, I started calling the NY Times “the NY Pravda” back in 1968. As for that hissing viper Maureen Dowd — I know her opinion on any subject in advance and will take bets on that. Together with Pelosi, Boxer, Waters, Feinstein, McKinney and several such others, comrade Dowd would have made an ideal candidate for a professional Gulag boss in charge of re-education.
— Marc Jeric
Las Vegas, Nevada
This piece was absolutely one of the funniest I’ve ever read while at that same time it shredded cheerleaders of the institutionalized racism that has become the norm in our country.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?