Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy Labor Day- and a Warning from Francisco d'Anconia

In honor of Labor Day, I took the personal license to make a few editorial modifications to Francisco d'Anconia's warning from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. In light of the rapidly progressing bureaucratic mess, suffocating regulation and skyrocketing costs foisted on the American public and medical community by the dishonestly named "Affordable Care Act", the below seems particularly timely and applicable.

 If you haven't read the book yet, I highly recommend it - especially if you are a doctor (or other health care provider), a current patient, or a future patient. (Please take note: if you haven't noticed, the last category includes everyone). 

Don' t content yourself with the upcoming movie - the book is far superior and comprehensive. If you undertake the challenge (definitely far more rewarding than dumping a bucket of ice on your head- as well as more eye opening, mind opening, and mentally invigorating), I promise you will be richly rewarded with many, many valuable insights such as provided below:

"When you see that (patient care) is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to (practice medicine), a doctor needs to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in (medical services) but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption ( and bureaucracy) being rewarded and honesty (
and patient care) becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your (own personal health and health care system) are doomed."

"Atlas Shrugged"
- by Ayn Rand
( with personal editorial modifications)