Lefties at NYT decry for-profit health care institutions

Health Care and Pursuit of Profit Make a Poor Mix – NYTimes.com.

If you’re feeling bulimic today, you can read (above) a leftist, Eduardo Porter, telling us that profit and health care don’t mix.

Health care professionals are supposed to do their work for free.   Profit is evil and the motivation for making money should not have any association with health care. How this leftie  expects to attract people to incur huge educational debt, and enter  into a very difficult field to work for nothing, is anyone’s guess.

There’s a claim in the NYT article  that a health care institution which switches from non-profit to for-profit is more likely to experience patient  deaths over subsequent two years.   The cited study admits that the shock of switching management and workers, and a myriad of other factors  could have much more to do with this effect than the mere acquisition of a profit motive. In fact, the effect of the staffing changes, and the patient mortality rate recedes after the initial shock of change.  This is a strong indicator that the mere profitability has nothing to do with the mortality rate, and that the shock of reorganization and personnel changes has everything to do with it.  The initial pressures of an institution to sell out to private investors is also discussed in the original study as a major factor.

The NYT also cites a 30 year old study of an unmentioned number of Southern Wisconsin nursing homes, and implied from the invisible data that for-profit institutions used higher doses of sedatives in their patients than the non-profits.

That the New York Times would try to convince you that health care workers and institutions should provide services for free, or at cost, is no surprise. That they would extrapolate the study results from religious affiliated non-profits, and pretend that government-run institutions would operate similarly is similarly  not a surprise.

It would, however, be a huge shock and surprise to see the leftie press calling for ABORTIONISTS to provide their services at cost, and take no profits.   There’s a fortune in abortion, and this is true for Planned Parenthood, which is excused from taxes as a supposed non-profit  (though it does make and report profit), as well as the multitudinous for-profit abortion industries. See an example of Planned Parenthood’s form 990.  Don’t ever hold your breath waiting for abortionists to be held to the same standards as real  health care providers.

You will NEVER hear a cry from the New York Times that Universities should cease to take profits,  or stop  paying their instructors and administrators well over the salaries and benefits of equally educated private sector employees.  You will never hear them ask that the salaries and benefits  of public school teachers be reduced to that of similarly educated private sector employees.

Those involved in furthering the agenda of the left will continue to reap profits and rewards well above the national average with the blessings of their media machine.  However, they won’t be satisfied until the rest of us, who provide essential goods and services, are working and living as slaves.

Child Predators Protected by American Teachers Unions | NewsReal Blog

Child Predators Protected by American Teachers Unions | NewsReal Blog.

Megan Fox gives some details of the extensive pedophilia scandal within the public school systems, and which has largely escaped attention from the mainstream media.

A list of coverups is presented, as well as reference to a 2004 study of sexual misconduct by public school teachers.

James O’Keefe and Veritas Visuals presents… protection from the New Jersey Teachers Union for Kiddie Fiddlers.

One wonders if the media could be made as interested in this problem (which is many times more prevalent) as they were in the case of religious groups.

DC Chancellor Claims Laid-off Teachers Abused Kids

Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of Washington DC schools stated in an interview that some of the 266 teachers laid off in October had abused kids sexually, or hit them. The prior reason given for the layoffs was budget cuts.

The Feb 2010 issue of Fast Company quoted the chancellor as follows: “I got rid of teachers who had hit children, who had had sex with children, who had missed 78 days of school.”
The difficulty is that this quote does not mesh with the absence of police reports about these supposed infractions, and the Teachers Union also claims no knowledge.
Michelle Rhee, who seems to have been unable to lift Washington DC schools out of the mire of low performance and high dropout rate, has some explaining to do.

If the statement is wrong, then the reputations of teachers have been ruined. If the statement is correct, then those teachers not guilty of abuse are smeared by the actions of those involved, while the abusers themselves have escaped criminal prosecution.