Re: Bipartisan Healthcare Summit, Anyone? Bueller?
I just don't get why conservatives are so focused on punishing those who abuse a system, they are willing to let those that need it suffer.
Here they're focusing on those who might try to commit Medicare fraud. Who frigging cares? Let's worry about getting everyone covered, THEN go back and refine the system. Besides, Medicare fraud is just another one of their diversionary tactics like tort reform. Limiting excessive lawsuits would take care of what? 2-3% of the total health care expenditures in this country (by some estimates)? Again, WHO CARES?
Well, besides incompetent doctors, of course.
But seriously. All the Conservatives suffer from this mania about punishing those who abuse the system and they would be more than willing to tear it down completely and not let ANYONE use it.
It's like Welfare. They always point to the tiny, insignificant number of people who abuse the system... those who by all accounts have no reason NOT to find a job... and ignore the vast, VAST majority who sincerely need a leg up.
Or capital punishment. They want to see people fry in the electric chair so bad that they're willing to overlook all the cases where innocent people were sentenced to die and by merest luck (or crusading liberals) were saved. It's more important (to them) that one guilty person suffer than several innocent people stay alive.
Apples are good,
Oranges are bad,
Lemons are rude,
Bananas are perverted,
And kumquats are just, plain evil...