Black Ribbon Project

for health care freedom and the doctor-patient relationship

Is there a moral case for ObamaCare?

The short answer is “No”.

John Goodman gives a longer answer here.                                                                                                     .

The Benevolence of Inequality

Watch and read more here.

Is There a Moral Case for ObamaCare?

“What cries out for moral justification are the mandates and regulations being forced on the other 300 million people. Why are they being forced to pay more, or allowed to pay less, than the true cost of their insurance? What moral principle can justify that?”

Read more here.

Administration Halts Survey of Making Doctor Visits, New York Times

NYT reporter Robert Pear follows up on the fate of the government’s plan to employ counterfeit patients in order to surreptitiously survey how physician offices respond to types of payment for their services. Not only would such a survey needlessly duplicate existing research, the methods are blatantly deceptive, operates from the presumption that physicians are not to be trusted and actively works to undermine trust between patients and their doctors. This is not the first such aggressive tactic by the current administration. Recall the White House set up to collect emails/speeches of alleged “disinformation” about their healthcare law–or Sebelius’ threats to exclude critics from participating in the new health insurance exchanges? These heavy handed tactics are not aberrations, but instead, an integral part of central planning. Unless the PPACA is repealed, such actions will continue to plague our health care system.

Read the article here.

Defending Health Care Reform in NewSpeak

Another excellent post by Dr. Richard Reese:

The Democratic tactic seems to be: Don’t challenge the facts, change the language or shift the blame…[John] Goodman says: If your health reform policy causes patients’ care to be rationed by forcing them to wait longer for care, don’t call it “rationing,” call it “universal coverage.” If your plan forces physicians to close their practices to new patients, don’t call it “rationing,” call it an “access to care” problem and blame it on the private sector. If your top-down policies create higher premiums and higher taxes, don’t call it bureaucratic bungling, call it lack of “cost-effective care” or lack of “coordinated care.”

Read the rest here.

Health Reform and the Great Unmentionable

Dr. Richard Reece points out something that has been glaringly obvious to me: the intense desire to make everyone accountable for a patient’s health, except the patient himself.

Lack of Patient Compliance as One Cause of Poor Outcomes

June 6, 2011 – U.S. health system critics and health reform zealots often close their minds to a major cause of poor outcomes – lack of patient compliance. Instead , they attribute poor outcomes to lack of universal coverage, socioeconomic distress, or the profit-seeking medical industrial complex.

To say bad outcomes stems from bad behavior to cultural and peer conformity is unmentionable and therefore unspeakable because patients are sacred. Criticism of patients as a source of bad results is off-limits. It is viewed as bad politics. These are potential voters you are criticizing.

Read the rest here.

The Changing Character of Medicine: Are We Headed in the Right Direction?

As our country moves from being a nation of small business owners to a nation of employees, we are losing an important avenue for understanding the benefits and benevolence of capitalism.  This trend makes it all the more important to speak up on the morality of profits, private property and voluntary exchange to counter the loss of the direct, concrete experience gained by self-employment.

Physicians are no different. As the quality and integrity of our medical care depends upon free and independent thinking, in medicine,  it’s even more directly a matter of life or death.

Read more here.

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