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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Have a heart

The American health care system, as beleaguered as it is, certainly came through for Dick Cheney.

The former vice president is reported to be resting comfortably in the intensive care unit of a Virginia hospital after receiving a new heart yesterday. (Cue the joke: New heart? I didn't know he had an old one? Bada-boom!)

All joking aside, the transplant reflects the current state of health care access in America, where a 71-year-old man in failing health for years, was able to hang on through the use of expensive interventions while waiting for a life-saving operation.

Paid for by health insurance, probably through coverage available to him as a long-time federal employee or through Medicare. In other words, by taxpayers.

And obviously there were no death panels sitting in judgment of the ailing former vice president opining, in the words of John Silber, that he was "ripe and it's time to go."

Dick Cheney is the living embodiment of the inequities in the American health care system that the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, was designed to fix: to make it possible for all Americans to receive the best care available, no matter their income level or employment status.

Cheney received his transplant at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after receiving ongoing care at George Washington University Hospital, an academic medical center that receives federal funds to train future doctors.

In other words, Cheney received the best care available, thanks to the American public that supports access to quality health care for current and former federal employees -- and the elderly.

The announcement of Cheney's good fortune comes just hours ahead of the Supreme Court opening arguments on the constitutionality of the individual mandate that requires everyone to purchase health insurance if they can afford to, so that they won't leave it to taxpayers to pick up the tab when they get sick.

Just sayin'.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think the average taxpayer will ever have the same type of medical care available to them as a Washington insider does, you probably feel the average investor has the same stock market information as that available to Nancy Pelosi.

March 26, 2012 8:22 AM  

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