Thursday, March 25, 2010

Why The Health Care Bill Is Like George Foreman Striking a Dirty Blow

The health care bill reminds me of the Foreman- Frazier fight. George beat the piss out of Smokin' Joe, knocking him down six times in two rounds. During the last knockdown, when George clearly had the fight won and Joe is falling down, George hits him one last time. It was a dirty blow struck against a defenseless man.

With the health care bill, it would not surprise me if it went down like this: once they knew they had the votes locked up, and there was no way they could lose, they added this section to the bill:

that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, “in awarding grants or contracts under this section . . . shall give preference to entities that have a demonstrated record of . . . training individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds.”

That section is like George hitting Joe when he was on his way to the canvas. What exactly does racial/ethnic preferences in medical school admissions have to do with subsidizing the health care costs of people without insurance? Like Phil Leotardo, said on the Sopranos: "it's like comparing apples and bowling balls."

The president loves to crow about pre existing conditions. But if you suffer from the pre existing condition of belonging to a racial & ethnic group that the Obama health czar does not favor, you may have trouble getting into medical school.

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