The doctor is in, apparently. Appalled by what he calls a "hate piece" against Adam Searing, the good doctor rushes to a defense like he’s on duty in the emergency room. Cape flying in the wind and everything. Alas, he brings little to the frey: half-truths, conspiracy theories, lies, and colorful ad hominem–the usual. It’s wearying in its banality and predictability. But I will defend myself:
"He published a hate piece recently on our own Adam Searing, titled Mandate Mania: Does Adam Searing Hate People? Max implies that, yes, Adam does hate people."
Actually, I don’t. I say specifically that he doesn’t. One need only read carefully where I write "Does Adam Searing Hate people? No, he hates freedom." But if Turner could see beyond his own guilt-goggles and his own Goebbels-esque manner of writing, he might see that my question – Does Adam Searing Hate People? – was an allusion to Searing’s own dubious tactic of accusing everyone of "hating children" (examples here, and here). It’s a ridiculous tactic, which is why I rather enjoyed the parody. Perhaps before Turner accuses me, he should turn his hate-filled rant on his colleague-in-propaganda, the "gentleman" Adam Searing.
"In addition, Max knows this about Adam: he lies to himself, he wants you to pay for things you don’t need, he wants poor people to be uninsured (an odd accusation against the Director of the North Carolina Health Access Coalition), he hates freedom, and finally, Max knows that "Adam thinks he’s smarter than you.""
Yep. I know he thinks he’s smarter than us and so does Turner, otherwise they would’nt advocate for people and their families to be FORCED into buying chiropractic coverage and marriage therapy in their health plans. It’s in their natures. They think they know better, which is why that type craves domination over others and their sovereign choices.
"Adam is too much of a gentleman to rebut Borders’ vitriolic post. But I’m not."
No, no one can accuse Turner of being a gentleman.
"Never forget…the only thing they care about is their free-market ideology. Everything else is irrelevant."
Perhaps the only truth Turner has ever spoken or written: Yes, I care only about free-market ideology because such is the only ideology that respects an individual’s right to live his or her life as he/she chooses, to exchange, collaborate, and cooperate freely with others — with as little coercion from elitist, arrogant nanny-statists like Turner as humanly possible. I call that caring about human beings and desiring to live in peace.
"Borders responded to a straight-forward post from Adam which asked gubernatorial candidate Bob Orr which mandates he was willing to eliminate in his "market based" health plan."
False, Searing didn’t ask Orr to eliminate his market based plan. Go back and read the post. Typical example of wishes fathering lies.
"Borders’ venomous response included this bullsh*t quote: N.C.’s mandates account for 45-50% of premium costs in North Carolina.This is a lie."
"When I asked Max where his data was generated, he referred me to this report by this organization [CAHI]. Borders’ "data" is from a health insurance lobbying group [false], who describe their mission as "an active advocate for market-oriented solutions to the problems in America’s health care system."
People lobbying for affordable healthcare? Oh, the ignominy. But Turner had better watch himself. Quick to don the tinfoil hat, he doesn’t realize that CAHI more often than not works against the interests of health insurers who benefit from complex state regulations.
"Hardly an objective source, don’t you know, since their clients stand to benefit directly from their "research findings." Max is the ever useful tool to be exploited for special interest profit."
One wonders if Turner has ever read this blog. If he knew me, he would know how I feel about special interests. Nevermind that special interests can’t exist in a truly free market. But what’s worse is that he is one himself. As a doctor, he won’t benefit quite so much from a choice-based, competitive, consumer driven system. He won’t be able to milk the system, to ding the insurance pool for god knows what to suppliment his lavish lifestyle. Sorry pot, I’m no kettle… But let me not detour any longer:
Steve Turner’s favorite fallacy is to question data because they are assembled by organizations he doesn’t like. But this is a time-tested fallacy — time tested, because the stupid both believe it and wield it. I don’t think Turner is that stupid, so he must be calculatingly fallacious. Nevertheless, any analyst worth his salt checks the data not the source. Nevermind that CAHI’s a reputable organization whose credibility rests entirely on thorough, well-collected, well-documented data. Turner’s too lazy to check their data, so he resorts to typical tactics like the genetic fallacy. But it get’s better…
"Alas, the little Emperor has no clothes, and Max has no data specific to North Carolina."
Cute, but here’s the pdf again, and it is NC specific. One need only see the column for NC among 49 other states. If one wants to question CAHI’s data, go with god, but treat the data.
"By the way, if you want a list of other treatments considered "optional" (ie. mandated) by Max’s resource, they also list: chemotherapy, emergency services, prescription drugs, well-child care (including immunizations), hospice care, diabetic supplies, cleft palate repair, and mastectomy, among others. I don’t know about you, but most of my patients would consider these mandates essential to care, not Cadillac care."
Interesting. Turner’s failed to explain why people wouldn’t or couldn’t choose such "essential" services freely. After all, I’ve called for a compromise found in many, many other states called mandate lite. But Turner’s more interested in vitrol than ideas. More importantly, he’s also failed to tell us why a 55-year-old couple is worried about cleft palate coverage when they need other services. Why any man is worried about mastectomy? Why single people should be worried about well child care? Is this a failure of his medical school or of common sense? In any case, one wonders if his passion to defend his friend has gotten Turner in over his head. You might think doctors understand the minutiae of the healthcare system. They don’t. They just benefit from it — and benefit well. (Another reason I never fail to be astounded at how wealthy folks can be so sanctimonious from the third stories of their million dollar homes.)
"The majority of so-called mandates are part of standard insurance coverage."
I think I’ve already debunked this claim.
"What Max calls "coercive" the rest of us, physicians and patients alike, call "standard of care.""
Funny how menopausal women should have standard cleft palate care, according to Turner, but I digress… Leftist legerdemain is self-parodying.
"Two respected resources regarding health care costs (unlike Max Borders sham resources) do not even mention insurance mandates as cost drivers. Adam links to them here in his latest post. Neither report references mandates, which would be hard to believe if they actually accounted for 45-50% of premium costs as they do in Max’s imagination."
Wow! Now Turner is citing research that isn’t there! Shockingly ignorant. But it gets better…
"[B]ut what is a reasonable estimate of the cost of mandates? It is likely somewhere between 5% and 7.6% of premium costs according to The New York Times, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Minnesota Department of Health."
Okay, let me collect my breath from laughter. First, the Grey Lady a paragon of truth seeking and objectivity? Cute, but if North Carolina’s mandates cost between 5% and 7.6% that would mean we only had mental health parity, which is estimated to cost in that range in most states. We’ll take a closer look at Turner’s references, later, but we can see straight away that the Texas study he cites from 2000 was only looking at 13 mandates. North Carolina has 47.
"Think of it like this: these mandates function as a consumer protection program."
You have to buy x, y, z, and we’re protecting you. Paternalism at its best. Please get out of my life!
"They are nothing more than partisan hacks, as blinkered by their hate-filled ideology as any tribal leader in Northwest Pakistan."
That sort of nonsense speaks for itself. Turner and the leftist MO has boiled down to this: if you don’t comply, you’re ‘hate-filled.’ But free people know better than this and we are not prepared to let the Steve Turners of the world order us around from their mansions or their bland bureaucratic offices like we are either chattle in need of their help, or sacrificial animals from which resources may be taken willy-nilly to their pet projects and utopian plots done in the name of actually caring (name only). No, I don’t hate people like him. But I have nothing but contempt for everything he stands for, because what he stands for is contrary to freedom and human dignity.