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m in Israel

Charlie — I was not addressing whether government rationing of health care is a good or bad thing; I just stated the fact that it is technically accurate to say that under socialized medicine the government will be the one determining if a person receives life saving treatment for the vast majority of people. (The exception obviously being those wealthy enough to pay for whatever treatment they desire.) And it is clear that the problem with most drugs that are deemed not cost effective is not that they are not effective, but they are too expensive. I am not taking a position on whether this is right or wrong, but it is a fact. (Private insurance companies are involved in the same type of medical rationing when they determine what is covered or not covered, which is part of the complaint people have against insurance companies, but that won’t change with the government in charge.)