John Galt

'You have destroyed all that which you held to be evil and achieved all that which you held to be good. Why, then, do you shrink in horror from the sight of the world around you?' -- John Galt --

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

And They Say WE'RE Being Ridiculous

So I'm driving down the highway yesterday, listening to the radio, and on came "The Osgood File," a brief commentary (patterned after Paul Harvey's legendary work, I'm guessing). You've probably heard it. It lasts for a minute or two and touches on the news of the day, with a comment from the narrator (Charles Osgood once hosted the segment but now some guy named Dave Ross does it).

I've noticed over time that this Dave Ross is a liberal of the standard media mold. It probably got him the gig, or at least didn't get him boycotted from the effort. So he's liberal. That's fine. It's his show.

But hold that thought for a moment.

Yesterday's piece was on Michael Jackson's death and the news that it was determined to be a homicide. Ross explained that Jackson's doctor had been found to have given him enough anesthesia to choke a horse and said doctor was likely facing serious punishment. Ross made the point that the doctor was certainly culpable in Jacko's death, but so was Jackson, a point of view that I maintain as well.

But ol' Dave couldn't simply leave it at that. Listen to how he ends the narrative (transcript courtesy of Westwood One):
Michael Jackson was one of those Americans who liked his health care plan --- and decided to keep it. That health care plan was Dr. Conrad Murray and his supply of sedatives.

According to the documents just released, Dr. Murray had been treating Jackson for insomnia for six weeks --- putting him to sleep with 50 milligrams of propofol, administered through an IV drip.

CBS News Correspondent Sanda Hughes:

"Proprofol is a powerful anesthetic drug that should only be used in a hospital setting." (:05)

Instead of a sleeping pill, he was getting a drug normally used to knock out a patient before major surgery. In fact, Dr. Murray himself was worried enough that on June 25th, he tried to replace the propofol with something safer.

At 1:30 a.m., with Jackson still unable to sleep, he gave him 10 milligrams of Valium. At 2 a.m., he injected two milligrams of lorazepam. At 3 a.m., two milligrams of midazolam, and then repeated the doses at 5 a.m. --- and at 7:30 a.m.

Michael Jackson still couldn't sleep and begged for what he called his "milk" --- the one thing he knew would work.

And so, at 10:40 --- ten hours after that first Valium --- Dr. Murray dripped 25 milligrams of milky white propofol into his bloodstream, and stepped out of the room.

And that, according to CBS News Legal Analyst Trent Copeland, was about the dumbest thing Conrad Murray could have done:

"That may be very likely criminal behavior that rises to the level of being second-degree murder, because it's so reckless and indifferent." (:07)

And yet, he was only doing what his patient demanded --- and in a way, what you hear many Americans demanding: providing privately-funded health care, unfettered by government regulation of any kind.

The Osgood File. Dave Ross on the CBS Radio Network. [my emphasis]
I almost put my car into the ditch. What in God's name does Michael Jackson's doctor shooting the man up with drugs have to do with privately-funded health care, "unfettered by government regulation of any kind"?

Is that a stretch or what?

And they call US ridiculous ...

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For what it's worth, Dave, Jackson's health care was "fettered" by government regulation. Regulation that was ignored by his doctor. The doctor's actions having (allegedly) broken all kinds of laws.

Perhaps your story says more about the ability of the government to regulate bad behavior than about privately-funded health care. Eh?