The Terrible State of Health Care in America


If it’s so bad, then why did three Americans just win the Nobel Prize for Medicine? The New York Times reports:

Americans Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak won the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering a key mechanism in the genetic operations of cells, an insight that has inspired new lines of research into cancer…

The trio solved the mystery of how chromosomes, the rod-like structures that carry DNA, protect themselves from degrading when cells divide.

The Nobel citation said the laureates found the solution in the ends of the chromosomes — features called telomeres that are often compared to the plastic tips at the end of shoe laces that keep those laces from unraveling.

Blackburn and Greider discovered the enzyme that builds telomeres — telomerase — and the mechanism by which it adds DNA to the tips of chromosomes to replace genetic material that has eroded away.

Based on the research of these three (and many more like them), some drug makers and pharmaceutical companies are beginning to make and test drugs that may one day provide better treatment or possible cures for certain cancers:

[Following the work of Grieder, Blackburn, and Szostak] U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co. and Menlo Park, California-based biotechnology company Geron Corp. began testing a cancer vaccine that targets telomerase last year in patients with solid tumors, including lung and prostate cancer. Geron is also testing another telomerase inhibitor in breast and plasma cell cancer patients.

Yes, those evil pharma companies are actually trying to make drugs to cure things like cancer!

But back to the sad, sad state of medicine in America today and Grieder, Blackburn, and Szostak. Based on what’s been reported over the past six months or so about healthcare in this country, you might think that the fact that these three won the Nobel Prize for Medicine was a fluke, a blip, a mere abberation. However, you’d be wrong. Even a cursory check of past winners shows that the United States has been more than well-represented among the honorees.

The fact remains that the United States has the best medical facilities, the best doctors, the best hospitals, the best research, the best researchers, in short, The. Best. Healthcare. In. The. World.

Congratulations to Ms. Blackburn, Ms. Greider, and Mr. Szostak for perpetuating the best America has to offer.



8 Responses to The Terrible State of Health Care in America

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  2. Tom Folkes says:

    Stoutcat, your posit about medical providers in the US being the best may very well be true, however, I think it is useful for us to keep in mind that the proponents of a nationalized, so called “single payer” system, or “public option” are not interested in “health care”. They have their eyes on the huge, no I mean REALLY huge, amount of money now being paid by policy holders to private or group insurance companies. Instead, they want that money flowing into Washington D.C., where all those good politicians that have brought us those shining examples of fiscal know-how, Social Security and Medicare, can work their magic on our behalf. Yep, and the clouds are gonna open up, and gold is gonna fall like rain! Amen, brothers and sisters, can I get an Amen? My God! There are times when the news of the day makes me think I’m standing in a good ol’ fashioned revival tent from back in the ’20s and ’30s. No, on second thought I don’t want to put snake oil salesmen on the same level as our current crop of politicos. Just isn’t fair to the snake oil vendors!

  3. Doug says:

    The issue is not health care. For all it’s flaws, we have a good system, perhaps the best on earth.

    The issue is bankrupting the system, as described by Acorn Founder Rathke is his interview with Fox News anchor Kelly.

    We have an ACORN president using the welfare rights tactics to bankrupt the system. The stimulus, cash for clunkers, Health Care reform, none of these are meant to fix anything, this is a calculated reasoned attempt to break everything.

    Outrageous? I would argue that Barack H. Obama can be called many things, but stupid is not one of them. A person would have to be less than intelligent to truly believe that any of the current administration’s policies can fix anything.

    I would invite anybody who reads this to prove my radical hypothesis wrong with reason and facts.

    No matter how your politics lean, one would be hard pressed to convince a great many that 9/11 clearly demonstrated that we are a people who will quickly trade liberty for security.

    In a true economic crisis, i.e. the complete and catastrophic failure of the entire financial system, the government would be required to take control of just about everything.

    Amidst the chaos that would accompany a bank collapse, most Americans would welcome something close to martial law.

    We are on the road to financial ruin, and it’s not by accident, oversight, or omission. The road is carefully laid out.

    Perhaps some are sincere in their conviction that we are better of under socialism. Perhaps some just crave the power that comes from that form of government. Either way, that’s where this train is headed unless we the people can stop it.

    We need more press like this blog, and we need to get more people involved. Glenn Beck is right, there is a movement growing and it scares the left. Scared won’t cut it. We need to keep growing.

    • Stoutcat says:

      Doug, there’s one group you forgot to mention: those who find it easier for the government to tell them what to do than to think for themselves. These, in my opinion, could be the most dangerous.

  4. Tom Folkes says:

    “We are on the road to financial ruin, and it’s not by accident, oversight, or omission. The road is carefully laid out.” This seems to be the part that so many on the Democrat side of the aisle just don’t get. Obama and his cohorts in the House and Senate aren’t doing these things out of stupidity, or naivete, or hubris, although plenty of each of those things is present in their words, rather these are the steps that have been proven in the past to bring down a nation that otherwise is too powerful to overthrow. For so many of our citizens to still think that Obamunism is coming from altruistic souls who just want what is best for us all is the most galling thing. It drives me nuts that they are so gullible! Anyway, your points were well made. Good post.

    • Doug says:

      Thanks Tom,

      I actually know folks who are not evil, or stupid, or uneducated who think we need Socialism – here and now. I disagree with them.

      Their reasoning seems to always include a firm belief that the atrocities of socialism/communism could never happen here. Specifically the more than one million murdered by their own governments in the last century.

      Randy Weaver would tend to disagree, his values being formed by his experiences. Waco survivors might be in this group of dissenters as well.

      I can only assume that some form of racism or bigotry is the basis for this view of “it can’t happen here”.

      When I question people who believe this, they can’t tell me who the bonus marchers were or what happened to them in broad daylight in our Nation’s Capitol.
      (that’s an interesting event to research if you don’t know about it)

  5. Tom Folkes says:

    It is one of the irksome features of our modern proponents of socialism that they believe that it failed or is failing simply because it was tried by people who are just not as smart as they are, or as well intentioned. They seem to be blind to the salient aspects of an ideology that would be fine if we were ants, but we’re not. Apparently we’re talking about people who cannot learn except to experience the suffering first hand. Then, too, it must be difficult to hold their views and also know a lot about history…. makes for a rocky philosophical road.
    As for the bonus marchers, yes, I know of that dark time, when Hoover ordered the active military, under the command of Gen. MacArthur and good ol’ Georgie Patton, to move with violence against the veterans who only wanted what had been promised them. The active boys had been convinced it was for the good of all to put down the marchers by inferring that it was Communist inspired, and so they followed orders and people died. Might we see a similar action from this government one day? The easy access to information today would make it a tad more difficult to get the Army guys to swallow the lies …gulp! However, it might be useful for us to remember that both MacArthur and Patton were extraordinarily ambitious career officers who would not have entertained any thought to disobey their Commander in Chief. There is probably not a shortage of such men or women in today’s military, either. I hasten to add, though, that I have the utmost respect for our military, having grown up in it and served myself.

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