NOTE: My statements are not necessarily my opinions. I often post point-counterpoint essays in which I strongly take one side of an issue and later counter that with antithetical views. This intellectual exercise helps me see the merit in opposing opinions and augments my creativity.

Commenting on The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill

I performed a minor operation on my brother using $15 of surgical supplies. I cleaned up afterward and discharged him myself so I wouldn't burden the staff, none of whom had any contact with him except the registration clerk. For a few minutes of her time and $15 of supplies, the hospital billed him $750.

Not coincidentally, the CEO of that hospital (I'll call him Mr. Vulture) received many millions of dollars—over $15 million in one year, according to a reputable published source. While most hospitals are nonprofit corporations, few people realize how they are run as moneymaking ventures to rob from the communities they purport to serve.

I saved many lives at that hospital, and the pension I earned from working there is zero dollars and zero cents. The Vulture's pension is reportedly over $12 million—evidently the years in which he was paid over $6 million per year didn't give him enough to live on. From what one of my bosses told me about him based on a private conversation they had, Mr. Vulture values money more than patients. Ya think?

Mr. Vulture says he likes to win, but when he wins, patients lose. When will they wise up?

I posted the above comment on the page of someone who deleted it, saying it is his policy to delete comments that mention others even anonymously. Sorry, but it is my policy to tell the truth.

Ironically, Mr. Deleter (as I'll call him) is sufficiently upset about U.S. healthcare's cost to post a link to an article blasting it, but he doesn't have the spine to tolerate an example illustrating one reason why it is so expensive.

Many people, including our national leaders, can't entirely figure out why healthcare is so outrageously expensive. Having worked in various hospitals, I've seen how bloodsucking administrators unconscionably jack up costs. I've also seen how their meddling in medicine—not just the business of medicine—has hurt patients, including a relative of mine with a birth injury I attribute to an idiotic policy at that hospital.

“All it takes for evil to succeed is for a few good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

So make it your policy to speak up!

The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified? Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”

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