Bill Cassidy has a problem. And it’s not just Mary Landrieu’s formidable reelection machine.
No, Bill Cassidy’s problem is that his career is born of a contradiction. On one hand, Dr. Cassidy is the affable, moderate liver specialist at Louisiana’s former public hospital in Baton Rouge, Earl K. Long.
On the other hand, politician and Senate-candidate Cassidy is robust opponent of “government-run” health care and President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (which of course is not government run health care, but rather an the incentivizing of care through the private market).
Squishy Bill Cassidy would like it both ways. He’d prefer to make political hay over his fist-shaking at the Federal Government. This kind of vacuous, empty rhetorical politics truly resonates with the blinded-by derangement tea-bagging set. Their politics of resentment are conspicuously devoid of factual information or adherence to reality. But they sloganeer with the best of them. And their obsession with Obamacare as the scourge on the American soul is the most volatile political weapon they possess.
However, Cassidy is a creature of the beast. Instead of the imaginary Government-run health care system he admonishes, Cassidy emerges from the belly of the genuine article.
Let us set this straight. The Charity System is Socialized Medicine. If we need to repeat, you’re not thinking hard enough.
Cassidy worked at “the Earl” for about two decades and developed a lot of “camaraderie” there.
“Do I have some mixed emotions? Absolutely,” Cassidy said.
The Earl K. Long had an “incredibly noble” mission of helping the underserved, Cassidy said. But over the years the patient lines continued to get longer and the medical center was “continually starved of resources,” he said.
“It often felt like it was our team against the world,” Cassidy added.
Politically, Cassidy opposes too much government-run health care and he also backs the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare.
“It’s a really complicated set of issues,” Cassidy said.
Cassidy bemoans the budget cuts (but, starve the government beast! Right Bill?) that his ideology prizes as its raison d’etre. His next statement is both laughably hypocritical and pointedly delusional as well:
Cassidy said. “One of the problems I have with government-run health care is when the government runs health care, the people don’t have power.”
Cassidy’s civics might be a little rusty, since he’s been a government employee for so long, so let us resolve this logical quandary for Dr. Cassidy. The people elect the government. The Government runs health care (charity). Therefore, when the Government cuts Charity, the people are cutting Charity. Ergo, the people are in charge. Doc Cassidy complains of the symptom of his own ideological disease. When “conservative” politicians constantly and arbitrarily slash funding for health care, refuse to raise revenue or prioritize resources, and then privatize the public trusts, government health care doesn’t work.
So Bobby J, and presumably politician and Senate candidate Bill Cassidy want to privatize the hospitals. And will the people have a voice then?
Lawmakers are raising questions about whether the Louisiana State University hospital privatization agreements devised by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration provide enough public scrutiny of the hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.
Two state senators complained Friday that lucrative deals for private operation of LSU public hospitals lack provisions that guarantee public accountability.
State Sens. Ed Murray and Dan Claitor made their comments as the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget reviewed not-yet-finalized agreements for private operation of LSU hospitals in Lafayette and New Orleans as well as the $1.2 billion academic medical center under construction.
Meanwhile, committee Chairman Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, pressed the Jindal administration for details on the short- and long-term state financial obligation for all LSU hospital takeovers including another six that are still in the works.
“You are a private enterprise taking over a major public purpose,” Murray, D-New Orleans, told hospital executives. “How do we audit those dollars?”
In other words, Doc, if you love our Charity Hospital Earl K. Long, you’re staring at its problem straight in the mirror everyday.