Friday, 21 August 2009

The State as Doctor: Prescription for Atrocities

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No wonder politicians applaud medical Marxism, a.k.a. Obamacare: it increases their power over us. Ditto for special interests and their profits. But astoundingly, many ordinary Americans whom the system will badly hurt — figuratively and literally — also clamor for it. Learning some history might temper their enthusiasm.

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Most folks probably know about the atrocities the Nazis and the Soviet Union paid doctors to commit on prisoners. But they may not realize that American governments have long meddled in medicine as well, and their record isn’t pretty. Among the horrors is the unconscionable research the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) conducted for decades in Tuskegee, Alabama.