Saturday, November 21, 2009

Doctors and politicians

In health care reform, politicians are making decisions and doctors will bear the brunt of the changes. If politicians really understood the differences between them and doctors, they might pause before dumping all of this on doctors.
It takes lots of work to be a doctor. Anybody can be a politician.
Becoming a doctor takes years of study and practice. Family ties or marriage can launch a political career.
The doctor's oath includes "Do no harm." Looks like politicians enjoy doing harm.
Doctor might even work for free if needed. Louisiana's Nancy Landrieu asks for $100 million in aid to get her vote.
There are medical missions to Africa, where doctors and nurses take their expertise to lands that really need help. When was the last time you heard of a "political mission" to teach third-world people how to get votes?
Doctors try to heal people. Politicians cause wounds that may damage entire countries.

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