U.S. Has Contingency Plans for a Draft of Medical Workers. -- Read my lips; No new draft.
W, Oct. 2004.: "We're not going to have a draft so long as I'm the president."
The Selective Service has been updating its contingency plans for a draft of doctors, nurses and other health care workers in case of a national emergency that overwhelms the military's medical corps.
In a confidential report this summer, a contractor hired by the agency described how such a draft might work, how to secure compliance and how to mold public opinion and communicate with health care professionals, whose lives could be disrupted.
On the one hand, the report said, the Selective Service System should establish contacts in advance with medical societies, hospitals, schools of medicine and nursing, managed care organizations, rural health care providers and the editors of medical journals and trade publications.
[Thanks, just what much of South Georgia -- thank goodness not Douglas and Coffee County -- needs. And if you're talking about the South, we are already the biggest supplier of all troops, both regular and the back-door draft.]
On the other hand, it said, such contacts must be limited, low key and discreet because "overtures from Selective Service to the medical community will be seen as precursors to a draft," and that could alarm the public.
[And we wouldn't want to do this in an election year, would we?]
(10-19-04 N.Y. Times.)