Video: Brokaw says we should emulate Oregon’s health-care system

posted at 3:35 pm on January 4, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Radio Vice Online captures this piece of advice from Tom Brokaw on health-care reform. Talking with Doris Kearns Goodwin on Meet the Press, the semi-retired newscaster says that California and the rest of the nation should take a page from Oregon’s management of “Medicare,” when Brokaw actually means Medicaid. (Medicare is run by the federal government, while Medicaid is run by the states under federal mandates.) Noting that UCLA’s medical center spends about 40% more on end-of-life care than the Oregon average, Brokaw says that health-care reform should take that form:

Brokaw mixes apples and oranges in this argument anyway; UCLA is a public hospital that does research on medical treatments, hiking the cost considerably as part of the investment into finding new and more efficient treatments. One cannot compare a teaching hospital’s cost structure to that of an entire state without being a demagogue. Besides which, health care costs aren’t necessarily about price tags. One can bring the cost of care in the final two years of life by simply refusing to provide it, as Oregon did with Barbara Wagner. They initially refused to provide her with medication to fight cancer, but offered instead doctor-assisted suicide. That certainly reduces costs — by throwing away the patients.

That’s not the only way Oregon holds down its state costs for medical care. As the Independence Institute argues in this entertaining video, Oregon’s political involvement turns the health-care system into a special-interest football, with arbitrary and capricious results:

That’s exactly what we will get with ObamaCare. Maybe Brokaw should stick to World War II.


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Keep typing numbnuts. Don’t you hate it when you think you’ve establislhed yourself as the smarter one, and then it turns out you’re the stupid one?

fogw on January 4, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Man you need to get laid pronto and stop living with your mom.

grasshopper – typo Norm.

fogw on January 4, 2010 at 6:09 PM

The HA idiot, fogw, tells me to use spell-check when he obviously doesn’t use one himself.

Norman Blizter on January 4, 2010 at 8:41 PM

As an Oregonian, you do not want our health care system…we have some of the highest taxes in the country. And guess what…the state just cut a bunch of services from the health care system to meet the demand/cost curve. Yeah!

Wyznowski on January 4, 2010 at 9:18 PM

The mohamet follower is soo persuasive!

daesleeper on January 4, 2010 at 9:23 PM

The HA idiot, fogw, tells me to use spell-check when he obviously doesn’t use one himself.

Norman Blizter on January 4, 2010 at 8:41 PM

I’m getting tired of educating you. There, you learned two things today. The meaning of the word “typo” and the word “everyday” is an adjective.

Keep posting numbnuts.

Man you need to get laid pronto and stop living with your mom.

My mom passed away several years ago, making you wrong yet another time. You’re batting zero and you’re lower than pond scum. Try leaving moms out of the discussion. You debate issues like someone who’s been held back in Middle School three times.

fogw on January 4, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Brocaw? Brocaw? Who is Brokaw? Oregon? Oregon? Where is Oregon?

Bueller?

kens on January 4, 2010 at 10:39 PM

That’s exactly what we will get with ObamaCare. Maybe Brokaw should stick to World War II.

Brokaw showing the depth of perception and analysis that anchormen are famous for.

/snicker

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 5, 2010 at 1:47 AM

Better yet, why not everyone who wants govt helath just move to Oregon or Mass?

jeffn21 on January 5, 2010 at 9:48 AM

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