Countdown to October 1

by Michael D. Shaw,  staff writer

Perhaps the coming onslaught of Obamacare won’t matter that much. After all, in whatever form it finally emerges, it will still be the biggest federal program of all time, and will likely be the straw that breaks Uncle Sam’s piggy bank. (How’s that for a mixed metaphor?)

What is more tragic than the destruction of a public sector, that quite frankly has been going downhill since the Civil War, is the ruination of medicine, the noblest profession. Medicine’s descent started with Medicare in 1965, and has been accelerating ever since. Here’s how I explained it to a friend…

We were discussing the sad state of our 0 and 3 local football team, the Washington Redskins. He mentioned that the team-hired orthopedic surgeon had a serious conflict of interest, since his first duty was to the team, and not to his patient, star quarterback Robert Griffin III (RG3). To which I said, sort of like your surgeon, who works for the insurance company, and not you, right?

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