Posted BY: Deane Waldman, M.D.

Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-30) just introduced his Equal Health Care for All Act, which he claims will assure “equitable health care for all Americans.”  This bill belongs in the garbage bin, asap.

Equitable is derived from Latin, aequus, meaning equal or same. Rep. Schiff thus intends to legislate the same health care — i.e., same medical care — for all 330 million Americans.  Do we all need identical care? 

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A healthy 35-year-old male and a healthy 35-year-old female do not need the same care, viz., the male has no need for pregnancy care. A healthy 35-year-old and a 35-year-old diabetic most assuredly do not need the same care. A healthy 80-year-old who rides a bike 25–50 miles a week (this author) does not have the same medical needs as an 80-year-old with chronic lung disease and congestive heart failure.

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