On Friday I discussed the life-serving benefits made possible by the thriving, but fragile, medical technology industry in the United States. Literally millions of lives have been bettered and extended by the products this industry has created, such as defibrillators and advanced surgical tools. For an idea of how amazing the technology in this field is, consider that Paralympian amputees are now argued to have an advantage over non-handicapped, Olympian athletes. It’s not a pipe dream that advances in this industry might one day soon be able to restore sight to the blind, or complex motion to the paralyzed.
Not a pipe dream, that is, unless any of the health-care reforms in Congress come to pass.