Cow haters often have good reasons for feeling so.
Perhaps they had a bad experience with a scary cow. Now they tell everyone that cows are smelly and bad for your health.
Occasionally, cow haters pretend to support the dairy industry, but only if it leads to increased regulation of cows in general:
Cows are such a precious resource that we need government to control them.
Other people love cows above all else and put them centre stage at every state fair. They push for more pasture, just for cattle. They re-write food guides to support the dairy industry.
Some people hate doctors.
No doubt, doctor-haters have deep reasons for feeling so. Perhaps they had a bad experience with a scary doctor.
Now, they write nasty columns in the Toronto Star about doctors. All the inspiration they need is a tweet, by a famously unpopular Premier from the 1990s.
Occasionally, they write something positive, in a roundabout way, but only if it leads to stiffer regulation and control of doctors.
Other people love doctors above all else and put doctors’ issues at the top of every agenda. They push for higher taxes just for doctors. They re-write legislation to support big medicine.
Doctor Derangement Syndrome
Like those who hate everything to do with cows, some people, especially in the liberal media, have doctor derangement syndrome.
At the same time, some doctors put doctors’ interests above all else. They have selfish-doctor syndrome. Both syndromes are deranged.
Irrational hate for doctors and irrational worship of doctors both lead to patient harm.
In politics and mental health, some people label things all good or all bad. Psychiatrists call this splitting, a common feature of a borderline personality disorder.
Mainstream media needs villains and heroes. Hollywood’s favourite villain is the wealthy, immoral business-owner. The Toronto Star’s favourite villain is the hard-working doctor, otherwise painted as a greedy, selfish, hypocritical capitalist.
Pro Patient = Pro Doctor
You cannot be pro-patient and anti-doctor at the same time. You cannot beat up doctors without harming patient care.
If you care about great patient care, you need to be pro-doctor….and pro-nurse, pro X-ray tech, etc. You cannot abuse the people who provide care without harming patient care.
To be fair, not all people who fight for doctors and nurses have the best interests of patients in mind. In fact, some people jump at a raise, even if it means less care for patients.
For example, the OMA heavily promoted a deal, last summer, which offered doctors bonuses for restricting growth in medical services. Doctors stood to get a bonus for limiting care.
Nurse unions do the same thing: Generous wage increases mean hospitals have to fire all the new nurses, who were just hired, to pay for the raise.
But even if we use the worst examples of selfish-doctor syndrome, we still cannot escape a fact: Cutting doctors means cuts to patient care. There is no way around it.
You cannot attack doctors without harming patient care.
Doctor derangement syndrome harms patients. If you starve a cow, you get less milk.
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon. – W. Churchill