Monday Jun 18, 2012 10:52 am
And the award for the most offensive press release of the day goes to... Dr. Alieta Eck for a release headlined: "Medicaid is a Poor Substitute for Charity. Charity Helps People Where They Hurt and Cost Taxpayers Nothing." Dr. Eck runs a free clinic in New Jersey and serves on the board of Christian Care Medi-Share, "a faith based medical cost sharing Ministry." Her clinic treats 300-400 low-income patients each month with the help of volunteer doctors and nurses. No doubt the clinic is a boon to the community, but it's simply not true that it costs taxpayers nothing. The doctors and nurses who volunteer there were trained largely at taxpayer expense, and the medications they dispense were developed with government-subsidized research and vetted by government-funded regulators. If the patients get really sick, they will be sent to hospitals built and run at public expense. How many of the volunteer doctors and nurses can afford to work for free because they're being paid by public agencies or reimbursed by public insurance at their day jobs? Charity is great, but using charity to bash Medicare is uncharitable to say the least.