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Bloomberg Limiting Painkillers in City Hospitals

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 13, 2013

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at it again.  Last year he went on a rampage against sugar, limiting the size of New Yorker’s soft drinks to 16 ounce cups.  The Mayor is also a strong advocate of gun control.

Michael_BloombergLast week Bloomberg added to his crusades, this time attacking painkillers.  Politicker.com reported on the Mayor’s announcement that the City will limit supplies of painkillers at city hospital emergency rooms.  The Mayor explained that this new limitation is made in an attempt to address the growing addiction problem.

Mayor Bloomberg is a full-fledged Progressive who believes government should control many aspects of human behavior.  For those of us that believe in the U.S. Constitution, this is appalling.  In addition, Progressive experiments with societal interventions have failed enough over the years to prove their lack of efficacy.  Their repeated willingness to continue with similar interventions is not merely done out of ignorance, but more nefariously due to the Progressives desire for power and wealth.

More than 40 years after the County’s initiation of the war on drugs and its abysmal failure Progressives believe that more the same will lead to a different outcome. More amazingly in defending his new policies Bloomberg indicated that limiting painkiller availability will lessen crime stating: “You see there’s a lot more hold-ups of pharmacies, people getting held up as they walk out of pharmacies.  What are they all about?  They’re not trying to steal your shaving cream or toothpaste at the point of a gun.  They want these drugs.”

If the mayor is successful in limiting the amount of painkillers illicitly available, he will succeed in increasing their street prices.  This will not lead to less crime, but more as the criminal activity becomes more profitable.  For a capitalist, the good Mayor isn’t too bright.

Finally, limiting painkiller availability at city hospitals will mainly affect New York City’s least fortunate individuals who will be force to suffer with more pain during visits.  Mayor Bloomberg and his wealthy friends will have no such problems purchasing/obtaining the painkillers they demand.


One Response to “Bloomberg Limiting Painkillers in City Hospitals”

  1. Paula Bomboy said

    When did we let our government acquire such power? Next he will try to limit the number of pills the drug companies can produce.

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