LaVonne Neff, an editor, writer, and blogger I admire, has written an excellent post on healthcare entitled “Rationing is not a four-letter word”; it was called to my attention by my good friend Ellen Painter Dollar.
One of LaVonne’s strengths is her ability to write about current policy debates from a faith angle, and to do so convincingly without being strident.
We Americans are smart. We could find a way to provide necessary medical care for everybody. Perhaps someday, when all our present Members of Congress have finally passed away, a totally new set of lawmakers will figure out how to do it. But first we’re going to have to realize that rationing can be a tool used for the common good, or it can be a buzzword used to scare people who haven’t noticed that haphazard rationing–our present nonsystem–is the cruelest approach of all.
and LaVonne again:
When you add government expense to private expense, American health care is 65% more expensive than France’s and 100% more expensive than the U.K.’s. And for that, what do we get?