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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Real health care reform

Just when you thought the subject of health care reform could not go farther off track we are treated to the brilliance of some states looking to cope with the primary care physician shortage by piling yet another responsibility on them.

Writing prescriptions for cold medication.

I've already railed about the criminalization of getting a cold, forcing you to go to the pharmacist, produce your diver's license and swear the one box of pseudoephedrine is really for your clogged nasal passages and not some under-the-counter plot to brew up a batch of crystal meth in your basement.

But now, at least in some states, the powers that be think it should be even harder for the cold sufferer. Proposals in some states would require you to call the doctor and involve an already over-burdened health care system in one of the most basic and easy-to-solve problems in medicine -- the common cold.

The logic of the move suggests the next step after that, being denied health insurance coverage for a pre-existing condition -- the sniffles.

Here's a suggestion for all those folks who think the overburdened system can stand a little more trivialization -- pick on the real lawbreakers. By requiring people to sign for their over-the-counter remedy you already should have a good idea who the abusers are. And if not, why not?

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Blogger Mikhail Silverwood said...

What utter idiocy!

February 03, 2010 1:17 AM  

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