The Democrats Might Not Be Done Destroying Medicine Yet

Or perhaps I should say, they might not be satisfied with the current rate of destruction that they have implemented so far. There hints from the Virginia races that Democrats there might be ready to push the gas pedal to the floor.

The Mason Conservative passed on word from a correspondent:

FYI last night at the Great Falls Grange debate, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting Medicaid and Medicare patients, she advocates making it a legal requirement for those people to be accepted.

She did not recognize that the payments are inadequate to cover the doctors’ costs.  She also did not recognize there is a shortage of over 45,000 physicians now and that it is forecast to be 90,000 in a few years. 

Democrats appear to want to make physicians slaves of the state, but Democrats don’t admit they would just drive more doctors out of practice into retirement and other occupations.

As far as I can tell, most of Kathleen Murphy’s concerns about medicine is limited to making sure that baby-killing stays legal and is more accessible. She claims that she will “Fight to protect access to basic services like mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, and other preventative care.” I have no idea what that can mean besides government subsidies, but I can’t be sure.

I find it surprising that she would branch out from her campaign website into other issues in a debate. Perhaps she will draw back from driving doctors out of business by forcing them to take under-paying patients at gunpoint.  But as nice as it would be to believe that this was some kind of slip, we also have to consider the possibility that it is a hidden agenda that slipped out. After all, Murphy supports “equal pay for equal work” for women. That proves she has no understanding at all about economic reality. Any attempt to legislate wages in that fashion will help trial lawyers at the expense of everyone else. It will also drastically increase unemployment and underemployment among women since no business can afford to take on that kind of vague but damaging legal liability. If Murphy can boast about supporting such a law, then I don’t see any way to rule out any other economic idiocy no matter how destructive it would be.

The only sign of hope (but that is all it is at this point) is that voters may be waking up to how dangerous this governmental arrogance and economic ignorance can be. The Weekly Standard points out that Obamacare may actually give the Republican candidate for governor an unexpected chance of winning.

Could the focus on Obamacare in the last couple of weeks before Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial election enable the Republican nominee, Ken Cuccinelli, to come from behind in the homestretch? He’s run a pretty awful campaign so far, and has been trailing badly for months, but …

It’s striking that as Obamacare took over national headlines the last few weeks, and as Cuccinelli has focused on his opposition of Obamacare and on Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe’s embrace of it, the race seems to have tightened from a double-digit margin to perhaps five points or less.

According to the Mason Concervative, McAuliffe is insisting “he’d go to the government shutdown mat to get a state exchange in Virginia.”

We need to pray that McAuliffe and Murphy and any other candidates like them are defeated. If we live in Virginia we need to work to that end.