Because the media understands law better than the High Court

Not only are the Supreme Court justices unelected, and hence rouge authoritarian usurpers of power, they are stupid, too.

Could possible misunderstanding on ObamaCare cloud Supreme Court deliberations?

I guess I’m pretty stupid, too, for thinking that lawyers who stand before the Supreme Court are supposed to know their stuff and argue persuasively.  And I’m also confused about the whole coverage issue, too: I mean, the government is actually only forcing people to buy a tiny bit of coverage, not a whole lot, and that makes so much difference.  Yeah, now that we’ve cleared up that issue, I’m all for socialized medicine.

Sorry, politics make me sarcastic.

6 thoughts on “Because the media understands law better than the High Court

  1. Ugh. It's funny how being married to an Army doctor makes me even less of a fan of socialized medicine. He's a great doctor, and I enjoy my “free” government healthcare, but the number of abuses, overuses, and fiscal irresponsibilities he observes are horrifying. Let alone my mother-in-law in Canada who can barely walk from pain and is currently waiting a year for news from her local government medical committee on whether or not she'll be allowed hip surgery (then, on to another waiting list), or whether she'll just have to suffer with it because of her age…

  2. Just for the sake of argument (not w/ you but those who support the plan) let's say it happens and we all have to “buy it.” I want to know exactly what will happen when the poor and homeless show up in the ER without their insurance plan, because you know they will. What then? Hospitals will still have to take care of them and not get paid, and so we will all be footing the bill. Still.

  3. Kris, thanks for the link. Love Thomas Sowell. Barb, this nonsense has to be overturned. I shuddered to think where we head otherwise. Sarah, for the past two years my husband has been assigned to a MEDCOM unit and we have been very pleased with Army medicine. It's striking the difference in care when you are “one of theirs.”. I actually had a nurse tell me she was told to give me VIP care (because of my husband's position). The one thing we'll miss when we leave here is that responsiveness. In a few months we'll just be regular people getting the run around like everybody else.

  4. Doctors spouses also get VIP care at our Army hospital. I receive fantastic medical care :-). It's amazing (embarrasing, almost) how people snap into helpfulness when they associate my name with my husband. Without that association, I've had Army family medicine providers ask me to drive an hour in, then spend all of three minutes with me printing an article off the web before sending me home. My husband tells me that's pretty normal – they just want TriCare credit for the time, a higher amount than they'd get for a phone consult. Without a real direct cost, it's all about maximizing the points.

    Where my husband sees a lot of abuse is 1) patients over-using the system because it's “free” – going in for every cold, to milk for drugs, because they're bored (really!) or other things that they'd be hesitant to overuse if there were some cost to the patient involved, and 2) Doctors overprescribing tests or references to specialists “just to be sure” because there's again, “no cost.” While it's important to be thorough, they'll sometimes chase rabbit trails that might not be indicated and wouldn't be pursued if the patient faced any cost. All this leads to the medical providers time stretched very thin and major staffing shortages. The doctors themselves are held up to certain productivity standards through TriCare, which means they'll sometimes try to cram in patients or perform extra procedures to get points for them in the metrics. Outside of those issues, of course, there's the enormous question you pointed out of the government mandating any private purchase. Hot topics in this household, for sure!

  5. My first experience with Tricare was with the birth of my 4th baby (not at an MTF, because we were too far away). As I had done with the previous births, I looked at the bill and found what I thought were errors. When I had called my civilian insurance provider with possible errors, they were ALL OVER contacting the hospital to straighten things out. I called Tricare to tell them about what I thought were inaccurate charges and the person on the phone told me that if there was an error, I needed to write a letter to Tricare explaining what that error was, blah blah blah. Um, I am the mother of a newborn and 3 little children with a deployed husband, and I'm taking time out of my crazy life to let you know that you are being charged too much – and I have to go the extra mile to save you money? I don't think so…

    When we lived in Northern VA, we did have an experience of wanting to send one of our children to every possible expert to evaluate what we knew was normal growth (sorry, people, my 5'9″ husband is not going to produce children in the 90th percentile for height). Fortunately, I am not the kind of mom who thinks sticking a hose down my kid's throat into his stomach to see if there might possibly be anything interesting there is a fun thing to do. I declined.

    However, we've also seen the other end of the spectrum where my husband – a soldier who needs to be physically fit for his job – blew out his ACL but the docs refused to put him in for an MRI, deciding that he needed drug therapy first, then some physical therapy, then we moved so started the same process all over again with the end result being nearly two years of not being able to really run, and certainly not pain-free before an MRI was ordered, and they realized that the only solution was surgery. Very frustrating.

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