What We Call National Health Care or Single-Payer Is a Crime Against Humanity
Wait times are rationing. The payer just says “nay” to timely treatment. The Other Club has been writing about wait times in Canada’s single-payer medical system since 2005. Click the tag below.
Elizabeth Warren’s plan would be worse than Canada’s.
The math for Warren’s health-care plan adds up if you accept its ludicrous premise
Medical Welfare Programs Look To Price Another Year Of Life
Medicaid and other medical welfare entitlement programs have created expectations that are bigger than the resources available to meet them. As a result, some welfare bureaucracies are looking to ration expensive drugs through a controversial method designed to put a price on the value of a human life.
If a beneficiary of a social welfare program needs a particular drug whose price exceeds a predetermined value of a “quality-adjusted life year” for the individual, under this method, that person would not get the drug. It is already in use in Great Britain’s single-payer health care system and in other nations. Some in the U.S. think it should be used here, too.
When the government pays for something, it gives bureaucrats a taxpayer-based rationale to refuse to pay for it.
See the Green New Deal fantasy: It’s a list of things, including electricity, gasoline, home heating, land use, product design, hourly wages, preferred occupation, food choice, and, yes, health care; all of which will be rationed or regulated. Why? In order to implement their view of “social, economic, racial, regional and gender-based justice and equality”
Is it any wonder GND proponents support “some are more equal than others” thugs like Venezuela’s Maduro and Cuba’s Castro?
The Road to Venezuela.
NHS ‘rationing leaves patients in pain’
Britain implemented the health care policy being urged upon us by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders in 1948.
Stein’s Law: If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.
Bush was excoriated because he couldn’t tell the MSM about mistakes he had made. Obama does not recognize the possibility that someone who stopped the oceans from rising could ever make a mistake. Conventional wisdom has Bush as an idiot, Obama as a genius.
Mitt Romney also has a reputation as a smart guy, moreover one who understands business and finance. He has an easy path to turn a mistake into a benefit. He could say, “Federalism is, among other things, about the idea that individual states can serve as venues for policy experiments. I led Massachusetts in such an experiment: I was instrumental in designing a state mandated health insurance system upon which Obamacare was modeled. My plan has been a disaster for Massachusetts.
Ironically, that lesson was made possible by the vestigial Federalism which President Obama seeks to finally destroy via initiatives like his own health care mandate. I am able to learn from my mistake, so should the country.
The broader lesson is that central planning cannot replace the free market, no matter how smart the central planner thinks he is. I will not forget that again.“
Since Romney apparently cannot do this simple and intelligent thing, I’d agree with this analysis.
TOC noted this on Sunday:
Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Electronic Health Records, Says HHS
Then this popped up:
Germany Weighs Tax on the Obese
Marco Wanderwitz, a conservative member of parliament for the German state of Saxony, said it is unfair and unsustainable for the taxpayer to carry the entire cost of treating obesity-related illnesses in the public health system.
Right. Force the taxpayers to fund health care, giving government a financial interest which is parlayed into reasons government has to protect the taxpayers from the costs: “Since we can’t afford this entitlement we passed, and we’re not going to repeal it, we have to raise taxes on those with the wrong obesity profile. It’s not rationing, though.”
In Germany, teachers have a suggested plan to satisfy the government’s need to know your weight.
The German teachers association recently called for school kids to be weighed each day, The Daily Telegraph said.
The fat kids could then be reported to social services, who could send them to health clinics.
And put the parents on a list. And issue badges.
Do you consider it possible that this scenario will be applied here once all Americans’ BMI is recorded and government costs for health care become even more unsustainable?
Changing Stance, Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax
When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”
…“For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,” the president said last September,
He forgot to add, “Until we have to defend it in court.” Of course, the question is semantic, whatever term is used.
Insurers Push Plans Limiting Patient Choice of Doctors
The relentlessly rising cost of health insurance is prompting some small Massachusetts companies to drop coverage for their workers and encourage them to sign up for state-subsidized care instead,…
Since April 1, the date many insurance contracts are renewed for small businesses, the owners of about 90 small companies terminated their insurance plans with Braintree-based broker Jeff Rich and indicated in a follow-up survey that they were relying on publicly-funded insurance for their employees.
“Publicly-funded” may be the most dangerous phrase in the English language. Of course, you’ll be able to keep your doctor and your current health insurance under a Federal plan. The president said so.
Lost in Taxation
[W]ith ObamaCare, the agency [IRS] is now responsible for “the most extensive social benefit program the IRS has been asked to implement in recent history.” And without “sufficient funding” it won’t be able to discharge these new duties…
Well, well. Republicans argued during the health debate that the IRS would have to hire hundreds of new agents and staff to enforce ObamaCare. They were brushed off by Democrats and the press corps as if they believed the President was born on the moon.
No. That’s Hawaii.
I can’t wait to find out what’s in the financial “reform” legislation.
The Truth, If You Can Stand To Read It
TOC has noted many instances where Canada serves as a bad example, and a few where we should follow our Northern neighbor’s lead. This is one of the latter, and it’s a big one.
H/T Small Dead Animals