Dr. Kohar Jones (no relation to Reverend Jim Jones, but an Obamacare Kool-Aide drinker nonetheless) wrote this editorial for the Chicago Sun-Times. Dr. Jones is an employee of the University of Chicago and director of community health and service learning. I know. Aware of this you are shocked that she’s a fan of the Unaffordable Care Act.
I’m not sure what bothers me more: “tyrants that use humanity’s welfare as an alibi” to line their pockets at the trough (to quote the anti-totalitarian Albert Camus), or sycophantic Vichy like Jones. She is one of the physicians actually believing that Obamacare is a good idea.
“Jones’ article seems innocent enough,” you say. “Why are you being so hard on her?”
Because she sees a role for government in health care. Establishment of “medical homes.” Might as well call them “medical funeral homes.” This is “managed care.” Care should be managed by the patient seeking care and the physician they have chosen to help them. Any involvement of government invites rationing and death as one person’s illness becomes everyone else’s financial problem. Rationing and euthanasia to balance the budget are commonplace in countries that have taken this path.
“Good health care shouldn’t start in emergency room.” I agree with her here. The question is “why are people going to the emergency rooms for care to begin with?” Could it be because physicians in the community don’t want to see them? It hasn’t always been that way. Why is that? Could it be because the government has provided them a worthless Medicaid card that will gain them access to….only the emergency room? I know! Let’s give folks a different government health care card! That will do the trick!
This physician is arguing details way downstream of a faulty premise. If she wants to see a real model of compassionate and high quality care for the poor she should acquaint herself with Dr.’s John and Alieta Eck. Watch the video to the end to hear Rand Paul’s elaboration on the idea of health care as a “right.”
G. Keith Smith, M.D.