What the Body Knows

March 4th, 2004

To the Editor,

Right on the nose, NY Times! The resistance to the performance of autopsies is a simple extension of US policy that “Ignorance is bliss” and we must prevent access to relevant data at all costs. This is cheaper than forming some Orwellian ministry of information. Simply refuse to permit information to be disseminated and you needn’t pay someone to alter it.

Too much money being spent on health care? Just reduce access of individuals to medical services and you cut spending automatically. Don’t bother to answer the question, “Why are Americans so ill as to require 14% of the economy be devoted to attempts to get well?”

Too many people being killed or crippled by environmental pollution or medical mishaps? Simply prohibit or limit litigation awards so public acknowledgement of fault is eradicated and minimal settlements (under secrecy wraps) replace hearings – “Here’s a thousand dollars to shut up about it.” This can be modelled on the excellent system for workers compensation which rules in this country. It ensures employers have no responsibility for workplace atrocities and that so few doctors would be willing to treat injured workers that such secrets will go to the grave with the injured worker.

For a government determined to replace our constitution with biblical mandates, we need to ask ourselves why they have edited out the phrase, “And the truth shall make you free.”.

Barbara Rubin
P.O. Box 80
Cos Cob, CT 06807

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