A little addendum to my comments about the “State of Emergency” declared by the President yesterday. Note, please the passage here,l in yet another AP story:

Administration officials said the declaration was a pre-emptive move designed to make decisions easier when they need to be made. Officials said the move was not in response to any single development.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now has authority to bypass federal rules when opening alternative care sites, such as offsite hospital centers at schools or community centers if hospitals seek permission.

Two things leap to mind simultaneously.

First, that this amounts to a tacit admission that the rules that they are now bypassing block more efficient and better health care.

Secondly, that in a free market arrangement, such permissions would not need to be sought.  Hospitals would simply respond to their patients needs.

You go ahead.  Tell me about how government health care is going to be that much more efficient, and that much more patient friendly.  Tell me how government is supposed to be the solution to our problems, when in fact it is the problem. Of course the fixes cited are only a small part of the power granted in the “Emegergency” status.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,