Interesting Point of ViewThe following letter was printed in today's Detroit News:
The doctor-patient relationship is already compromised. Patient care decisions are influenced by private insurance companies, private clinic administrators and private hospital business officers. Private institutions lack transparency and provide little or no opportunity for doctors and patients to effect changes and improvements. Government, on the other hand is participatory. Witness health care debate. Private companies would never consider opening public discussion on what they do and how they do it. I favor the Obama health care initiative because government is by Constitution and legislation more responsive to public opinion than any other American institution.Go ahead, read it again. I didn't believe it the first time either.
So since government is participatory, will there be public debate on my next colonoscopy? What about yours? Will the letter writer, instead of getting a second opinion if he needs one on a serious medical issue, take his doctor in front of a televised congressional investigation? Will there be debate in the Senate?
What about intrusion by lobbyists and wealthy special interests? Will the writer know he's getting the best care possible, or will he (or she) be subject to some inferior yet more expensive methods that were pushed on his congressional representative who then forced them on to his busy, unsuspecting doctor? Will congressional opinion on the writer's medical care be based on knowledge of the writer as a person or a patient, or will it be based on what ever will get his representative reelected? Will campaign contributions have any effect on the medical care he receives?
It doesn't matter. Government is transparent . . . especially under Obama.