- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Thank you for pointing out President Obama’s alarming lack of knowledge of modern medical care (“The unkindest cuts of all,” Editorial, Aug. 18). In addition to his outrageous assertions that tonsillectomies are done primarily for profit and that surgeons are paid $50,000 for amputations, Mr. Obama has suggested that the elderly would do just as well with pain pills as with pacemakers. He also has claimed that doctors prescribe too many expensive “red pills” (read Republican), when less expensive “blue pills” are just as good.

In a recent interview, he questioned whether his grandmother needed a hip replacement for a fracture two weeks before she died of cancer. He grudgingly admitted that the surgery made her more comfortable during her last days.

Mr. Obama seems to endorse the idea that inexpensive generic pills prescribed by non-surgeons are a panacea. His understanding of the practice of 21st-century medicine is caught in a time warp stuck in the mid-20th century. One cannot reform health care if one does not understand it.

GEORGE J. SCHONHOLTZ, MD

Potomac

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