I am watching the Obama-McCain debate on TV right now and I thought I should offer some 'medical perspective'.
First of all, my disclosures are that I hope that Obama wins.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Okay, so said.
Obama said he wanted a universal digital health care registry system.
Well that is not possible, honey! With all the conflicting insurance programs where there is no possibility of sharing information, there is no possibility that there could be a common digital sharing system. The only possibility would be a national health care system. And given the inherent American aversion to nationalization, that will never happen. In spite of the fact that a national health care system is clearly in the interests of American patients.
McCain has this bullshit plan where he is going to eliminate the tax break employers get for paying for half of your insurance, and he is going to give you instead $5,000 per year to pay for health insurance. He is going to use the private market to improve our broken system.
Well if that isn't the stupidest idea I have ever heard. You are going to take a system that is already broken, and give it more power? I think it has been clearly shown that this is going to increase the number of uninsured, not decrease it.
My friend, sit down and shut up.
Doug Bremner MD is author of Before You Take That Pill