The two medical oncologists who advocated for a single-payer healthcare system in the pages of the Journal of Oncology last week got an immediate and shall we say spirited response from their fellow physicians, including one point-by-point rebuttal to everything in their editorial. So, after quoting H.L. Mencken's line that "for every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong," the two oncologists, Ray E. Drasga of Chicago and Lawrence Einhorn of Indiana University in Indianapolis, offered their own 8-point rebuttal to the rebuttal.
I especially like their response to the canard about "empowering" patients with free-market healthcare that gives abundant "choices":
--Barbara BedwayPeople don't want to be free to choose between two or three or 300 overpriced, defective insurance products. They want to choose their doctors and know they will receive medically necessary healthcare if they become ill or injured. Private insurance with its "skinny" networks means that people have a limited choice of oncologists and may have to change doctors annually.