The nanniest of all nanny state politicians, New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg, has unveiled a new plan to restrict painkillers in the city’s emergency rooms. Naturally, many observers weren’t too keen on the plan.
Bloomberg however, was quite sympathetic to those who opposed the plan, saying that poor people who have to use the emergency room as their primary care doctor, will simply “have to suffer a little bit”.
In other words – Suck it up losers.
Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials unveiled a new initiative to limit supplies of prescription painkillers in the city’s emergency rooms as a way to combat what they described as a growing addiction problem in the region. Some critics, as documented by The New York Times, however, felt the move would unnecessarily hurt poor and uninsured patients who use emergency rooms as their primary care doctor. Needless to say, Mr. Bloomberg was not swayed by this line of argument.
“The city hospitals we control, so … we’re going to do it and we’re urging all of the other hospitals to do it, voluntary guidelines. Somebody said, oh, somebody wrote, ‘Oh then maybe there won’t be enough painkillers for the poor who use the emergency rooms as their primary care doctor,’” the mayor said on his weekly radio show with John Gambling. “Number one, there’s no evidence of that. Number two, supposing it is really true, so you didn’t get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit. The other side of the coin is people are dying and there’s nothing perfect … There’s nothing that you can possibly do where somebody isn’t going to suffer, and it’s always the same group [claiming], ‘Everybody is heartless.’ Come on, this is a very big problem.”
Allahpundit at Hot Air writes:
The only redeeming virtue of this bit of paternalistic sadism is that it’ll make great oppo in case this tool tries to be a national player in 2014 or 2016. Lord knows he has the bank to do it, as well as a political brand carefully engineered to make soft-headed centrists and media types swoon. He’s a Democrat who pretends to claim the partisan high ground by identifying as a no-labels independent, a man of “solutions” who’s on the case when it comes to poor people limping home from the emergency room with an extra day of painkillers but not when it comes to preparing the country’s biggest city for hurricanes.
There are new reasons every week why I’m glad he left the GOP, and now here’s this week’s. Imagine a card-carrying Republican instituting this policy and then defending it by shrugging and saying, “So you didn’t get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit. The other side of the coin is people are dying and there’s nothing perfect.”
Bloomberg is simply continuing his desire to force government into every aspect of our lives, dictating exactly what we can and can not do to our own bodies. But we’re entering dangerous territory when a public official can tell a doctor what they can prescribe, and how much they can prescribe to ailing patients.
Which is more burdensome to the city’s poorest demographic? This edict, denying them medications? Or the time Bloomberg banned food donations to the homeless due to salt content?