BLAGO SCANDAL REACHES HEALTH CARE

The more government involvement we have in health care, the more politicized the system becomes. In addition to shenanigans such as those we have seen relating to SCHIP and Medicare Advantage, there will also be straightforward graft. Per the WSJ:

The $8 million in new state money that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich allegedly tied to a $50,000 campaign contribution from a children’s-hospital executive would have provided medical treatment to the sickest and poorest children throughout Illinois.

That’s right. In addition the other skulduggery he was up to, Blago was planning to withhold additional funding for seriously sick kids unless hospitals coughed up campaign contributions:

After the governor decided to approve the new $8 million in funding, he told an aide on Oct. 8 that he was considering reversing course because [Children's Memorial CEO] Magoon hadn’t contributed $50,000 to the governor’s campaign fund.

OK. Now read the following very slowly (then actually think about it): This kind of thing is NOT UNUSUAL when politicians and bureaucrats control health care. For these creeps, it isn’t about health care (universal or otherwise). It’s about money and power.

[HT Countrydoc]

Comments 8

  1. Marc B. wrote:

    I know you think the GOP can do no wrong, but you must be aware that Blagojevich ‘was first elected in 2002 on a promise to clean up after a Republican governor, George Ryan, who is now serving a six-year sentence for fraud, extortion, racketeering, and money laundering.’ So the Dems do not have a monopoly in wrongdoing! And forgive me, but surely in the current case the real scandal is the lack of funding for poor sick children, and what little there is you want to take away.

    Anyway, Christmas is almost here – happy holidays.

    Posted 22 Dec 2008 at 6:00 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    “Blagojevich ‘was first elected in 2002 on a promise to clean up after a Republican governor”

    He has certainly done a bang up job of “cleaning up.” Very impressive.

    Posted 22 Dec 2008 at 9:38 pm
  3. smartdoc wrote:

    Putting the Chicago Machine in charge of healthcare is the equivalent of putting a pack of wolves in charge of security at a Purdue chicken factory.

    Posted 22 Dec 2008 at 11:50 pm
  4. Marc Brown wrote:

    Well, Blagojevich has not been convicted yet. I doubt he is alone in what he’s alleged to have been up to. That HT by the way to Countrydoc reveals a blogger decidedly not on your side though I reckon – I see he reports Ovation Pharmaceuticals price gouging drugs for new borns – just the sort of ‘free market’ you support.

    Posted 23 Dec 2008 at 4:10 am
  5. Marc Brown wrote:

    ‘Putting the Chicago Machine in charge of healthcare is the equivalent of putting a pack of wolves in charge of security at a Purdue chicken factory.’

    Smartdoc, how would you describe putting Bush and co in charge of the economy? And in fact, anything?

    Posted 24 Dec 2008 at 4:23 am
  6. Matt Horn wrote:

    Yes, since Blago is a Democrat, it’s really not his fault. He was probably manipulated by a big corporation that makes environmentally polluting, animal tested hairspray from the tears of the homeless.

    Posted 24 Dec 2008 at 10:12 am
  7. Paul wrote:

    Price gouging is a derisive phrase that leftists use to describe market forces. Marc Brown would rather see Ovation give their drug away and go out of business. Besides, a better way to lower drug prices is to do away with patents. I’d do a lot less damage than whatever solution Marc Brown comes up with.

    Posted 25 Dec 2008 at 6:28 pm
  8. Marc B. wrote:

    Paul said: ‘Price gouging is a derisive phrase that leftists use to describe market forces.’

    Er, wrong. It’s your own Federal Trade Commission in this case.

    ‘The Federal Trade Commission sued Ovation Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday, accusing the private company of price-gouging for the only drugs used to close holes in the hearts of premature babies.’

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/health/idUKN1545112120081216

    Posted 26 Dec 2008 at 7:02 am

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