Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Michael Moore has Conservatives Running Scared

An article in todays Washington Post by Dr. Paul Howard of the Manhatten Institute's Center for Medical Progress is called A Story Michael Moore Didn't Tell. You see people with very rare diseases in the USA, unlike in other countries, are treated very quickly with the latest drugs and procedures. Dr. Howard relates a very tender story about the daughter of Utah Jazz star Derek Fisher who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She got the best medical treatment in the world but I'm sure her family had insurance and even if they didn't were probably rich enough to pay for her treatment.

Dr. Howard, who is also managing editor of Medical Progress Today then goes on the explain the Orphan Drug Act, how we have higher cancer survival rates in the USA when compared with Europe and how the latest and greatest drugs are launched in the USA do to a lack of drug price controls.

I wonder if Dr. Howard has any idea how drugs are developed? I wonder if Dr. Howard has any empathy for the thousands of children in the US that have no health insurance. Did I mention that Dr. Howard has a Ph.D. in political science? Two of the trustees of the Manhatten Institute happen to be William Kristol (perhaps one of the most dangerous conservatives in the USA) and Hillary hater Peggy Noonan.

BTW. Let's update ourselves on what a great prognostician William Kristol is:

On Sept. 18, 2002, he declared that a war in Iraq "could have terrifically good effects throughout the Middle East." A day later, he said Saddam Hussein was "past the finish line" in developing nuclear weapons.
On Feb. 20, 2003, he said of Saddam: "He's got weapons of mass destruction.... Look, if we free the people of Iraq we will be respected in the Arab world."
On March 1, 2003 -- 18 days before the invasion of Iraq -- Kristol dismissed the possibility of sectarian conflict afterward.
On March 5, 2003, Kristol said, "We'll be vindicated when we discover the weapons of mass destruction."
More recently
Kristol says "we now seem to be on course to a successful outcome."

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