|Stop the drop|
There's something funny about blood. People get emotional about it. Whether we
are spilling it, or ensuring that it's thicker than water, or adding it to our
sweat and tears, we are pretty close to it most of the time.
Blood is clearly very important. That's why it's critical that the government makes so many
rules about it to stop us doing what we want with our own blood.
For instance, the government has laws against actually paying any
poor people for donating blood.
Until recently there were also rules against selling blood. It's not that
no-one was allowed to profit from the blood industry. The doctors who
administer the blood, the nurses who service them, and the many many health
administrators who take their immodest salaries to keep us safe - they are all
allowed to benefit from the blood industry. The recipients presumably benefit
from the blood industry too - by receiving blood. Actually the only people who
aren't allowed to benefit from the blood industry were the people who actually
donate the blood.
Which may be why blood supplies are always critically low, and the supply
system is always in crisis.
In fact the blood supply situation has gotten so critical, that the government
has a new mechanism to deal with it: making blood recipients pay for the blood
(at least at private hospitals anyway).
Exactly how having the government charge people for consuming blood will
increase the number of people supplying blood is a bit of a mystery for
us mere voters. But clearly the government must have the answer. The government
is very smart. That's why they are the government.
The Daily Telegraph is running a typically hysterical front page article
complete with an ailing blond child called 'Ruby' on the cover. Apparently Ruby
is an immunoglobulin transfusee (that's medicarati for 'needs lots of blood').
It's good that the paper cleared that up because 'Ruby' doesn't look
anemic. Actually her cheeks are quite rosy, and she doesn't look underweight
either. In fact, in a few years, people will probably be describing Ruby as
Regardless, the blood-thirsty Ruby attends a private hospital, and the
government has decided to make private hospitals pay for blood. The embattled
NSW government (which is unable to balance their budget even in the wake of
unprecedented revenue surges) has resorted to the desperate measure of charging
private hospitals for blood.
So on the one hand we have a government which forbids people selling their
blood, but still forces people to pay for it, and on the other side we have
people who want to ban both the buying and selling of blood.
Isn't it supposed to be the capitalist
elites growing obscenely fat by sucking the blood of the hard working
proletariat who are victims of their needs?
No Dear Reader. It's your socialist government, and their blood tax.