25 July 2009

More Hellthcare Reading

For all those in favor of turning health care over to our ultra-efficient,
ultra-responsible federal government, you might want to take a minute to grasp
exactly what this will mean for you if you’re ever faced with a catastrophic
The concept of “care-rationing” is happening in socialized medicine
countries all over the world to deal with limited resources and increased
demand. As it currently stands in this country, health care revolves around you,
the patient, who gets to decide what you want to pursue based on your own
resources, desires etc..
Under a government-controlled health care system,
the onus would be on the federal government to decide what they want to pursue
on your behalf in terms of treatment for any type of illness. The government
will decide literally if it is worth providing you a treatment based on your
age, life expectancy and a whole slew of other variables. If you don’t pass the
cost-benefit analysis, you will probably not get the care you need despite your
own potential ability to pay for it yourself.
Professor Stuart Altman
explains touches on this concept and how “cost-benefit” analysis will become
necessary under an Obamacare plan:

Read the rest here: http://www.youdecidepolitics.com/2009/05/12/obamacare-cost-benefit-analysis-are-you-worth-it/

Published in the New York Post on July 23, 2009
President Obama’s
rhetoric last night summoned the memory of “1984,” George Orwell’s novel of a
nightmarish future — where the slogan of the rulers is “War is peace; freedom is
slavery; ignorance is strength.”
The president assures us that he will cut
health-care spending . . . by adding $1 trillion to health-care spending.
says that “health-care decisions will not be made by government” . . . while he
sets up a new Federal Health Board to tell doctors what treatments they can
offer and to whom and under what circumstances.

Read the rest: http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2009/07/23/rhetoric-v-reality-health-care-by-orwell/

Let us for a moment adopt the proposition that health care is in fact a “right,” as pretty
much every liberal politician has told us for at least a generation.Now let us
consider how
President Obama’s proposed health-care bill would work. Under
his plan, an official body — staffed with government doctors, actuaries,
economists, and other experts — will determine which health-care treatments,
procedures, and remedies are cost-effective and which are not. Then it will
decide which ones will get paid for and which won’t. Would a 70-year-old woman
be able to get a hip replacement, or would that not be considered a wise
allocation of resources? Would a 50-year-old man not be permitted an expensive
test his doctor wants if the rules say the cheaper, less-thorough one is
sufficient? The Democrats call this “cost-controls.” But for the patient and the
doctor, it’s plain old rationing.

Read the rest: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=Nzk1ZmQ0ZjhmYWZiNmViZWI0NzgyNWU1ZGU5Njg3OTQ=