Politics The Casualties of ‘Moral Imperatives’
Doctor: Arkansas anti-trans law is completely unethical
Doctors devote themselves to putting patients' health above their personal beliefs, says Dr. Jack Turban. He argues a new Arkansas law enabling medical professionals to refuse care for so-called "conscience" is completely antithetical to medical ethics.As physicians, my colleagues and I have the honor and privilege to help people through some of the most difficult times of their lives. Along with this privilege come some challenging situations. Once at three in the morning, I was paged to see a patient going through alcohol withdrawal. The moment I walked into his room, he grabbed my pager from my scrubs and threw it against the wall. He screamed homophobic slurs in my face.
For the past five years or so, Democrats led by Senator Bernie Sanders and “ ” in Congress have made a strong push to eliminate the profit motive from the health-care sector, which constitutes about a sixth of our entire economy. As expressed in bills such as the , which had the support of in the House and Senate,
there is a moral imperative to correct the massive deficiencies in our current health system and to eliminate profit from the provision of health care.
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Economic historian Deirdre McCloskey. In her book, Bourgeois Equality, she writes, “The expropriation of profits would kill progress entirely. It has done so . . . historically.” The COVID-19 pandemic has added to that historical record.
Then–President Trumpof the threat that the Medicare for All agenda posed to the private sector. I was part of the president’s economic team, documenting how the profit motive in health care saves lives, in large part by to the population.
Indeed, we noted that when profit has been prohibited in agriculture, as it was historically in socialist countries, people were malnourished and starved. Prohibiting profit in health care would leave people suffering and dying from conditions that would have been alleviated or cured by private-sector innovation.
Time to boost community-based health worker programs in low-income countries
Now is the time for the United States to promote community-based primary health care and community health worker programs in low-income countries.Now is the time for the United States to provide financial and technical leadership in reducing the "evidence-practice" gap in expanding the coverage of the broad range of low-cost basic and essential preventive and curative interventions that communities and community health workers (CHWs) in low-income countries can provide. A conservative estimate is that CHW programs provide a 10-to-1 return on investment - including the benefits they can provide by early detection of disease outbreaks and control of future pandemics.
These are not matters to be mentioned in polite company, we quickly learned.that progressives on Capitol Hill were attacking private enterprise in health care. Paul Krugman called us “ ” for looking back to the socialist past to learn about the consequences of prohibiting profit in an entire essential industry. Obama’s economist Austan Goolsbee for “contemplating Karl Marx.” the White House to boot.
Yet the COVID pandemic has confirmed that “innovation” is not just a fancy bourgeois-apology word. President Trump’s economic team was thethe role of medical innovation in alleviating fatal diseases of the past. Although a global pandemic was merely a hypothetical at the time (2018 and 2019), we specifically during pandemics and how the private sector would be essential in delivering relief to the public. President Trump issued a emphasizing the private sector’s role in vaccine innovation, which would prove to be “the most effective defense.”
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Now the United States is exiting a historic pandemic by vaccinating its population with products produced by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Each is a for-profit company. Theirfrom the vaccines, while impressive from a company perspective, may never reach the $34 billion value that the U.S. obtains from reaching the end of the pandemic . While the value of ending a pandemic months earlier reaches into the , throngs of critics of capitalism will complain that companies are getting a dozen or two billion.
The European Union lags six weeks behind the U.S. and even more behind the U.K. and Israel, who also administer vaccines from for-profit companies. The E.U.’s slow pace is due to, one of which was the time they wasted in maneuvers to try to from earning too much profit.
Althoughfully eliminates private organizations from health care and health insurance the way Medicare for All would, many have taken steps in that direction and among those on the left here at home. But Europeans are also taking vaccines from American companies. As back in 2017, “as long as Europe had America taking risks, investing ambitiously, attracting the world’s dreamers and entrepreneurs, and yes, being unequal, it could benefit from the results without making the same sacrifices.”
Pentagon refuses to call Taliban attack on US troops a violation of peace deal
The Taliban attacked Kandahar air base Wednesday, where several hundred U.S. troops are based, but the Department of Defense refused to call the attack a violation of the Doha peace agreement and downplayed it amid diplomatic talks. © Provided by Washington Examiner The United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement in February 2020 that required the group waging war on the Afghan government to refrain from striking U.S. and coalition troops. In the intervening 13 months, the Taliban have largely avoided directly targeting American troops, and there have been no U.S.
Perhaps the eloquent defenses of private enterprise coming from Kasparov and others with firsthand experience of socialism helped us maintain private enterprise in health care long enough to mitigate the great harms of COVID-19.
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As mass shootings mount, enacting stricter gun laws is the morally right thing to do .
An estimated 22% of U.S. gun owners acquired their most recent firearm without a background check. This ought to shock us all. Even amid unprecedented death and grief during the COVID-19 pandemic, American gun deaths reached a historic high, with mass shootings jumping nearly 50%. Guns now kill about 40,000 Americans a year, comparable to the toll of vehicle accidents (39,000), breast cancer (42,000), liver disease (43,000) and pancreatic cancer (45,000). We must not become numb to this continual flood of needless and senseless death.