Jan 11 2013
If any American does not realize government is going to ration health care, and decide who is worthy and who is not worthy of such care, check out Nanny Bloomberg’s latest attempt at playing doctor:
Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials unveiled a new initiative to limit supplies of prescription painkillers in the city’s emergency rooms as a way to combat what they described as a growing addiction problem in the region.
Who knew addiction is caused by emergency rooms! As if that is the only place pain killers are prescribed, or the only place addicts can get access.
[Bloomberg said] Number two, supposing it is really true so you didn’t get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit. The other side of the coin is people are dying and there’s nothing perfect….There’s nothing that you can possibly do where somebody isn’t going to suffer and it’s always the same group [claiming], ‘Everybody is heartless.’ Come on, this is a very big problem.”
Nowhere did Dumberg point to any scientific proof (not theory or statistical models) pain killer addiction begins solely or primarily in emergency rooms. The day the PhD deprived Bloomie proves his claim is the day he gets to play doctor. Until then he is just another politician in their normal role as arrogant ass.
Bloomberg’s quote about people possibly having to suffer accepts it as a price of preventing addiction. But I don’t see the point of denying painkillers to ER patients but not patients elsewhere in the hospital. The thinking is, I guess, that impoverished addicts are more likely to try to game the ER for their fix than other wings of the hospital, but I’d bet it’s also true that the average ER patient is more urgently in need of painkillers than patients in those other wings.