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At Thursday's tea party march protesting government-run health care, a participant suffered a heart attack about 20 minutes into the proceedings. As Dana Milbank reports, medical personnel from the Capitol physician's office rushed over, attaching electrodes to the man's chest and giving him oxygen and an IV.

The Capitol physician's office, unlike the bills being considered in Congress, is actually socialized health care. Government employs the physicians, and taxpayers help pay their salaries. But despite the presence of so many committed free market activists who so deeply fear the consequences of government-provided health care, no one stopped the bureaucrats from treating the protester nor developed a market or volunteer-based solution.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana.

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 4:36 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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I personally think that nationalizing all of the newspapers in this country would improve the quality of reporting. I wish I could get all of my news from Government reporters. It would save so much paper and bandwidth. Think about all the wasted overhead of having so many newspapers and all of the evil profits they earn overcharging their customers and advertisers. Oh well, some day, I can only dream.

Posted by: fallsmeadjc | November 6, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Best not bring up the Capitol Physician's Office. Although it's hard to get information, clearly it goes beyond routine emergency and employee health care. It has been criticized for being loose with controlled drugs and for providing unauthorized favors like filling prescriptions for free. I heard one Senator mention off-handedly that he reguarly goes there to get treatments for his back. I suspect few federal workers--or workers anywhere--could walk into their employee health office and demand the same service. Maybe at Google.

Posted by: bmull | November 6, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I know that not all Tea Partiers are "Objectivists", i.e. Ayn Rand disciples, but enough of them are for me to make it likely that the following comment applies:

No self-respecting Objectivist would ever, *ever* let *anyone* do anything for them that they couldn't do for themselves. Especially not a compassion-fascist, socialist government employee.

I think the person who actually had the heart attack can be given a pass--they were probably not in any condition to resist--but those in the crowd who let the Socialist doctors administer first aid have clearly betrayed the Objectivist movement!

Posted by: bucky_katt | November 6, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

--"The Capitol physician's office, unlike the bills being considered in Congress, is actually socialized health care."--

No, Klein, you are mistaken, or lying. The Office of the Attending Physician is a special perk that Congress has awarded itself with money stolen from the country's workers. Being able to buy oneself the very best of something with other people's money does not make that thing "socialist" (unless you define the word as meaning "stolen property", which, I'd wager, you don't.) The service the OAP delivers bears no resemblance to the sort of health care that will be parceled out across the land if Pelosi and Reid get their way. To suggest that it does shows your basic dishonesty, which, granted, may be rooted in tepid ignorance.

Posted by: msoja | November 6, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

The blatant ignorance of most of these ill-informed tea-baggers is truly amazing. Most appear so lacking in basic intelligence as to be stultified.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | November 7, 2009 4:08 AM | Report abuse

msoja that doesn't sound American. Are you a right wing refugee from one of the old banana republics?

Posted by: par4 | November 7, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

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