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  • Why Medical Students Should Care about Public Policy

    Over the past 25 plus years, the Federalist Society has helped establish a conservative legal establishment that has successfully pushed back against the liberal ideas entrenched in law schools and government. Tonight in New York City, the Benjamin Rush Society will host its inaugural under the leadership of Sally C. Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute. Pipes recently discussed her project with National Review’s John J. Miller:

    MILLER: Why do medical students need to think about public policy? Isn’t that just time spent away from lessons on treating cancer and fixing ingrown toenails?

    PIPES: Medical students need to think about public policy because the reforms that are coming to health care under the Obama administration all involve a greater role for government, which will take away their ability to practice the type of medicine in which they’ve been trained. Current legislation threatens to set up a public-insurance plan to compete with private insurers within a national insurance exchange. Mandates will drive up costs of private insurance. I believe that the government plan will be priced lower than the private plans. Therefore, the private insurers will be “crowded out” and we’ll be left with a single-payer, government-run system.

    MILLER: Your debate on April 7 will ask: Should universal health care be the responsibility of the federal government? Well?

    PIPES: I am on the “no” side of the argument. I grew up in Canada under a single-payer, government-run system where there is no private insurance. It’s been a disaster. In order to control costs, the government sets a global budget for health care. Canada spends about 10 percent of GDP on health care, while the United States spends about 16 percent, which is said to be too much.

    As a result, in Canada, the demand for care greatly exceeds the supply. A few facts: The average wait between seeing a primary-care doctor and getting treatment by a specialist is four months; 750,000 Canadians are on a waiting list for some medical procedure; 3.2 million Canadians are waiting to get a primary-care doctor. These numbers are enormous when you consider that Canada has a population of 33 million — about the size of California.

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    3 Responses to Why Medical Students Should Care about Public Policy

    1. dawn macarthur/ Rhod says:

      I have seen this coming and know in my gut that it is a disaster waiting to happen. I am almost finished with nursing school. More and more people are demanding free insurance and healthcare. It was not like this when I was a child. It is so out of hand. I am a Christian Conservative. As Conservatives, we believe in "principles" that guide our lives. We play fair, which doesn't mean that we can't be effective. But our opponents do not play fair. It reminds me of "Mao"s cultural revolution, or the beginning of it. Bottom line, we are being attacked on every front. More people are being brought into this country that do not contribute and expect/demand free healthcare. Combine this with the many Americans that also demand free health care and those that are ignorant of the consequences. The liberal's now have a whole "army" of cooperative people and votes. I ask myself, what would happen if these people are denied thier healthcare? They are "trained" to believe that it is thiers. For us, is it really a matter of our reps and senators and congress to have more backbone? Who in the Obama camp is listening or cares? Well I do. I mourn for our country with the entrance of this current administration. We are in for the fight of our lives.

    2. ConservativeGirl, Fl says:

      I work in the pharmaceutical arena and it frightens me how many medical students think that nationalized healthcare is the only option. They are the new generation, which is my generation, and 75% of it thinks they are liberal. They dont know what that means but they think thats what they are suppose to be if they "care" or are "progressive." It took a friend sitting me down and asking me questions on principles, opportunity for all, the Constitution etc before I REALLY thought about what I was saying.

      So many of these young folks, including these medical students, think they support liberal ideology and policies because thats what we've been told both consciously and subconsciously for decades.

      But when you get past what you think you believe and breakdown HOW these policies and beliefs will be implemented (and the ramifications) you learn very quickly that A) they do not represent Americanism, B) only a very small minority is "victim" to the "injustices" liberals whine about and C) the cost to the American people for all of these liberal wishes is astronomical.

    3. SVarleyRN says:

      I am a graduate student in a Family Nurse Practitioner Program in Texas. It's not just med students that need to be made aware of public policy and the disaster that awaits us if we allow Obama and his regime to take over our health care system. Every primary care practitioner can look forward to reimbursement rates comparable to medicaid (less than 50%)OR WORSE. Like any other government imposed price control, the demand will continue to climb the the poor reimbursement rates will act as a disincentive for care providers.

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