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Health Care Rationing I
Monday, September 21, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd

Wayne Shepherd: Today on The Public Square® with Dave Zanotti, I’m Wayne Shepherd. Is there really rationing in the federal healthcare bill, Dave?

Dave Zanotti:  Wayne, we know this subject has been filled with controversy, but let’s remember, the key reality here. The legislation, the words on the paper, are what will be enacted into law. In that legislation, like in any other piece of writing, the individual words have meaning and the sentences have meaning. The all add up to a meaning and a direction that instructs the government to act in a certain manner.

Listen to these words from the very first page of HR 3200, that describe the general purpose of the healthcare bill: "A bill to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending…" You don’t see the word rationing in that sentence, but nearly everyone admits that the key to reducing the growth in health care spending is to reduce health care spending. Notice the words don’t say reduce health care costs. There is a difference. If we reduce costs, that might mean more care for people. But the stated goal of HR 3200 is crystal clear – to reduce spending. The only way to reduce spending is find a way to heal sick people without using medicine or treatments or to make the price of everything in medicine magically go down or to simply provide less treatment. Providing less treatment under the control of the federal government is commonly called rationing.

WS: More on this tomorrow on The Public Square®..I'm Wayne Shepherd with Dave Zanotti here on The Public Square®.

Health Care Rationing - September 21, 2009

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