Today’s edition of Smart Money (which comes on after Car Talk on Saturday mornings) has had two stories about health care in America…
The first one was a warning to people that elect to go without health care. The message from several people interviewed for the story was “Shame on you for putting yourself and your family at risk by electing to go without health insurance!” The reporter who put the story together actually said something like “The problem here is clear- electing to live without health insurance is a Very Bad Decision.”
the headline: “Man killed by speeding bus!” THE PROBLEM HERE IS CLEAR- BUSES ARE TOO HARD!
At some point someone actually said “Health insurance is just too expensive for the self-employed. And the reporter practically said “Well, ANYWAY, you can’t go without it…”
The OTHER STORY was about how the debate is being framed concerning people getting on big buses and going to that socialist paradise to the North, Canuckistan, to buy heavily discounted prescription drugs. The party line from Big Pharma? “You should pay our insanely expensive prices on drugs. Otherwise you are putting your health at risk!! There is no way to insure the quality of prescription drugs from other countries!”
Right. There might be some eye of newt or some batwing or something in that Canadian viagra. We should ask Rush Limbaugh about the quality of drugs from Mexico. Their oxy-contin may be subtly different from ours.
To Smart Money’s credit, the commentator that was being interviewed said that Big Pharma’s line was bullshit. Thanks for clearing that up!