The dilemma of socialized medicine and capitalism | Opinion

I want to share again, for what it’s worth, how important it is to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Of course, I am neither a doctor nor a health professional. But the evidence that the vaccine reduces hospitalizations and deaths is compelling. Although the issue of forcing someone to shoot is always a matter of concern when it comes to our personal freedom. So, a dilemma.

Most of the Republican leaders I know have advocated for the vaccine, encouraging those eligible to receive it. Elderly people and those with compromised health conditions should have the mentality to get vaccinated as a precaution.

Yet now comes word that the Biden administration is taking over the distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments, essentially implementing rationing. Beyond the dilemma of forced vaccinations, should a government or elected leader make this decision?

On a recent show on the Sean Hannity show, Republican Senator Rand Paul said that the Biden administration’s shift in the distribution of monoclonal antibodies “could be that they think there are more deplorable people. in Florida, more Republicans or more unwashed unvaccinated. “And that in socialized medicine,” decisions will be made for political reasons. “

Isn’t that a legitimate conclusion? Reports around Kentucky confirm that Commonwealth health care providers will no longer be allowed to order these treatments directly because the federal government controls them. It is not a good place for democracy, especially now that we have months of history regarding pandemic treatments.

It is the overbreadth of government that troubles Senator Paul where the situation places us on the side of socialized medicine instead of capitalism. “Under capitalism, when there is increased demand, and Florida has increased the demand right now, you increase the supply. Supply corresponds to demand in capitalism. In socialism, you have political reasons. So they might think there are more deplorable people in Florida, more Republicans, or more unwashed unvaccinated people. And so, decisions will be made for political reasons. But if it was capitalism and it came out on the market, companies would increase their production and it would be distributed where it is needed.

Well said. We might keep in mind that since the government is paying for the monoclonal antibody product, it’s not rich versus poor. A Forbes article recapping the challenge highlighted a statement from the “Medical Association of the State of Alabama saying they are” very concerned “that the federal government is limiting supply at a time when it should help” deliver. more of this treatment… not less. ‘”

This scarcity creates a kind of logic of never wasting a crisis. Consider Governor Andy Beshear’s statement: “What this shortage should tell you is that if you are not vaccinated and you get really sick, not only may there not be a bed in there. hospital for you because they are so full, but the antibody treatment might not be there for you either. That thing you are relying on may not be available. What is available, and there is no problem with supply, are these safe and effective vaccines. “

What he says is true, but it is the government that restricts the distribution. That article I mentioned earlier pointed out that “the change, which is almost certain to cut supply in some hard-hit Southeastern states, comes after the US Department of Health and Human Services warned more earlier this month a group of seven states heavily reliant on the treatments they would need to reduce their orders. States identified as being located along the Gulf of Mexico coast are facing some of the Covid-19 outbreaks. more serious in the United States and used about 70% of the national distribution of monoclonal antibodies to help reduce hospitalizations (Forbes)

Again, let me reiterate. Vaccines should be a first line of defense and I hope people can feel that after seeing so many unvaccinated people fall victim to them, they too would be vaccinated. But the larger challenge for our country is an ongoing movement by liberals to socialize medicine.

President Trump’s Warp Speed ​​Initiative has developed reliable vaccines in record time in collaboration with private drugmakers who have catapulted the United States into the fight against the virus. Reluctance is another issue, but mainly from Democratic politicians who pledged not to take a vaccine created under the Trump administration and have since delivered mixed messages.

It concerns me when the government gets involved in anything these days. Adding bureaucracy and delay seems to be their expertise, especially considering how well the Democratic majorities have handled the Mexican border and the hasty departure from Afghanistan.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of the Murray Ledger & Times.

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