Oh, dear. For one thing, most internists and pediatricians don't even perform tonsillectomies. That's a procedure for which they would refer the child to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. But the larger point is that the man who is asking us to trust him to revamp a critical (and highly personal) aspect of American life is someone who sees doctors and insurance companies as villains, and seems to imagine that there exists some alternative government-dominated system in which apple-cheeked maidens will take your blood pressure and draw your blood for the sheer joy of it, not to earn a salary. And sandal-clad doctors will be freed from the stain of profit seeking to pursue their patients' best interests instead of their own.
It's been tried, Mr. President. Look north to Canada. Look east to Europe. Your new ideas debuted about 1945. Their cancer survival rates (the best metric of health care quality) are significantly below ours. Their facilities are less modern. Their contribution to new medical technology and drugs lags. Their wait times for surgeries and other treatments are significant.
And though his election represented, we are told, a great step toward a gilded post-racial future, President Obama at his press conference managed to take a giant step backward. Without having all of the facts or hearing from both sides, his liberal knee jerked in the direction of white racist cop. Worse, the whole Cambridge, Mass., police department was "stupid" to arrest Henry Louis Gates. Perhaps, but having read the police report, it sounds like Gates was itching for a fight. The point is that President Obama was so ready to take sides. Why? Well, he answered that: "... What I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcing disproportionately. That's just a fact."
Not quite. It's a contentious and emotional minefield. Yes, there has been harassment of blacks by white police departments. But that's hardly the whole story. Blacks and Hispanics also commit a disproportionately high percentage of crimes.
It seems the Obama presidency means we're mostly past white racism. As for reverse racism, it's still in fashion.
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