21 Sep 2009 A Vision of Health Care Reform that Works
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a must-read op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today on health care, “A Growth Vision for Health Reform.”
A 3-year-old boy was recently diagnosed with a rare, aggressive, soft-tissue cancer in his bladder. Radiation treatment would have stunted the growth of his pelvic bones, hips and bladder and left him disabled. Radical surgery could remove his bladder, prostate and portions of his rectum. That would have left him impotent, using a colostomy bag, and urinating through another bag in his abdomen.
His parents chose a third option – a new “unproven” therapy where a proton beam precisely targeted the radiation dose so that it didn’t cripple their son for life. The boy is now cancer-free and his body functions normally.
This story would seem to be an example of our health-care system at its best. But it is incompatible with the left’s vision for overhauling the health-care industry…
Read the rest here.