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Told you so

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10, April 2010 by chockblock

Back when I worked for a mental health clinic, I saw first hand the problems of paying for health care. It’s one thing to promise care, but when the bill comes due, providers (state or private insurance) are quick to say no. The state was the worst actually, they were quick to find any excuse not to pay and were quick to bitch when we were in the right and had to make them pay.

So when conservatives talked of “death panels”, the left and the Main Stream Media[tm] called them crazy and accused them of scaring the public.

How can we learn to say no?

The federal government is now starting to build the institutions that will try to reduce the soaring growth of health care costs. There will be a group to compare the effectiveness of different treatments, a so-called Medicare innovation center and a Medicare oversight board that can set payment rates.

But all these groups will face the same basic problem. Deep down, Americans tend to believe that more care is better care. We recoil from efforts to restrict care. …

From an economic perspective, health reform will fail if we can’t sometimes push back against the try-anything instinct. The new agencies will be hounded by accusations of rationing, and Medicare’s long-term budget deficit will grow.

So figuring out how we can say no may be the single toughest and most important task facing the people who will be in charge of carrying out reform. “Being able to say no,” Dr. Alan Garber of Stanford says, “is the heart of the issue.”
In Medicine, the Power of No
By DAVID LEONHARDT NYT

Sourced from: Hotair: NYT: O-Care is really No-Care

Just like those heartless accountants, they want to say no.

I predict a media backlash against the elderly, the handicapped and the terminally ill.

Just like Romania, the USSR and Nazi Germany: the old and the sick are “drains” and we must save our money. It’s Change we can believe in!

Yeah, until they try to pull your plug.

It’s ironic, the babyboom generation (famous for the “tolerance” and “hoping to die before I get old”) will be the first to feel the wrath of O-Care.

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Horrors

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 24, August 2009 by chockblock

While the Democrats beat the health care reform drum, the truth beats them back:

  1. Specter Calls for Hearings on End-of-Life Care Guide for Veterans“: Sen. Spector investigates ‘hurryup and die already’ VA memo to veterans. (FOXNEWS)
  2. As Vets Await Checks, VA Workers Get $24M Bonuses“, NYT repoerts that the VA spends lavishly on it’s people while the vets go without.
  3. Let’s Be Honest about Death Counseling
    A nudge ever so slightly toward letting go.
    Charles Krauthammer takes down the “it’s not about death panels'” arguement.
  4. Doubleplusundead:@midlifechick just returned from TownHall meeting with her US Rep. John Carter (R-TX). Representative Carter informed the crowd that talk has been bandied about Congress to appropriate EVERY state’s pension plans into the bankrupt Social Security System.
  5. Hotair tells the story of the Adminstraions attempt to woo Rabbis into suporting Ombabcare by using “Deutschland Über Alles.”
  6. Social Security Payments to Shrink for First Time in a Generation(Foxnews)

EPIC FAIL. Control is what they want, not reform. Single payer means that the government expands it’s fail to one of the largest segments of our economy. The cash for clunkers program is out of money. Social security is almost out of money, do you really thing that government run health care will work? Ask Canada or the UK.

I used to live in New Mexico. It is with great sadness that I found out that their Medicaid program is facing massive budget cuts. Cuts to payments, services and rationing. This from a program that was set up to counter those greedy insurance programs. Medicaid is 11 percent of state spending. Many of my college friends would have never survived if not for Medicare.

See, it’s about costs. Doc support single payer/universal health care because they believe that it will simplify the system. The truth is that government expands to meet the needs of an expanding government. When caught red handed trying to advocate euthanasia, the VA bureaucrats trotted out Assistant VA Sec. Tammy Duckworth. She lost both legs in Iraq. However, by their way of thinking, she would have been given “end of life” counseling instead of being given options for treatment.

No, it’s not about health care. It’s about the left’s holier than thou attitude and zest for control. The lawyers and accountants, like a heartless horde of locusts, will descend on health care. Doctor shortages, rationing and other horrors await.

Don’t look at me Obama voter. You drank the cool-aid, you voted for the One[tm]. When your care is substandard, you wait in line and costs have gone up, don’t look at me. I want to forget that you ever were a fellow American.

Single Payer crash and burn Re: 6 months

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 29, July 2009 by chockblock

As the socialized medicine goes down in flames, fingers are being pointed:

While viewers may seize upon numbers that indicate the size and scope of reforming health care — 47 million uninsured Americans or costs in the trillion-dollar range — most eyes glaze over when terms like “public option” or “bundled payments” get tossed around on the air.

“It’s not only not a cable TV-friendly story; it’s not a journalism-friendly story,” said John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC.

Harwood, also a political writer for The New York Times, explained that reporters need to first understand the intricacies and nuances of health care policy before they can then try getting the story across to viewers and readers. Last week, Harwood said, he was “trying to get [his] head around the issue of cost control” before penning a Times column.
Health care talk sinks Obama press conference ratings (h/t: Patterico)

Translation: you rubes should let your betters plan your future. Despite jacking up costs with a shell game designed to hide the bill, scary polices denying coverage and a bill no one has yet to read, you should let the left vote for it anyway!

Yet another right winger:

See, Noah Logue is a deaf. You see, Emanuel, an advisor to the president
” believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled.
. Does this remind you of anything? No wonder Mr. Logue fired back.

BTW: the costs, dear God the costs of this nightmare:

Spending vs. Taxes for Single Payer

Spending vs. Taxes for Single Payer


Source: CBO calls a TKO on the House health bill; Keithhennessey.com (h/t: Hotair)

Ace o’ Spades quotes polls showing undecided voters at 35% in favor and 60%. opposed. Only 16% of them strongly favor the legislative effort while 47% strongly Oppose.

The media is in the tank for this administration, some even admit that they are no longer objective. The public can see through the BS and are now “speaking truth to power.”

As single payer burns, the fingers are being pointed to cover up the shameful bigotry and Eron-esque accounting that will ruin 1/7th of our economy.

America is waking up and they don’t like the change.

6 months

Posted in politcs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25, July 2009 by chockblock

Health care. It seemed so simple during the campaign, make promises about universal health care, make campaign ads, win then pass legislation.

Ask former president Bill Clinton. It seems that the Obama Administration is following his playbook. Meeting in secret with lobbyists (and paying them with the funds from the legislation) and pushing through a huge government program that would place 1/7 of our economy under government control. GOP string up trouble? Silence them. Forbid them from saying “government run health care” in mailing to their constituents.

But then it all comes crashing down. Clinton’s Waterloo was the “Harry and Louise” ads from the insurance industry. They built up support against his proposals (Ironically those actors are in ads supporting “Obamacare” today). For the left and it’s masterminds in the Whitehouse and Congress the following spells doom:

  1. Pro-Obamacare rally is outnumbered by Tea-Party protesters, who despite 3rd grade taunts, hold their own.
  2. Democrat eats Democrat over the costs and details on Obamacare.
  3. Sinking poll numbers, even after a prime time press conference.
  4. People -gasp!- asking hard questions of talking back to their Congressmen
  5. Not enough votes to pass any legislation, despite what San Fran Nan says.

Advocating euthanasia, rationing and other radical pogroms based on leftist dogma does not endear you to the average American.

“Two Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are confirming reports that the health care restructuring bill the House is currently considering promotes euthanasia. A leading patients rights advocate is worried about the effects of the legislation.”–Gatewaypundit quotes Lifeline News.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
“Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the pain killer..”
He didn’t really say that, did he? I must say I was appalled when watching this ABC news clip of Obama making this ludicrous statement to the daughter of a now 105-year-old woman who needed a pacemaker (she needed the surgery at 99). — Dr Helen

Ouch, to her face even. Anyway, the Administration and the loony left misread the public. This bill/proposal/campaign promise was supposed to bring costs down. The poor would have health insurance. We woulnd not have to chose between pills or food. No more sob stories. Universal coverage etc. etc. But paying for this pipe dream is another matter.

President Obama premised the need for reform on the claim that medical costs are destroying the economy. True. But now we learn — surprise! — that universal coverage increases costs. The congressional Democrats’ health-care plans, says the CBO, increase costs on the order of $1 trillion plus.–Krauthammer: Why Obamacare Is Sinking h/t LGF

Costs go up, that’s why we’re getting this “end of life counseling” BS aimed at us. They will tax us and balance the health budget on Gran-Grans casket. By delaying procedures, they hope to save a buck now. Of curse that just makes the diseases more expensive and costs mucho bucks later, but you are not supposed to know that. They trot out the insurance horror stories and make stuff up just to scare you into pleading for government intervention. People are seeing trhough this ruse and refusing to drink the Obamacare kool-aid.

However, the recent media attention focused on Sara Palin and “Skip” Gates shows that the media has gargled and drank it. Gov. Palin leaves office and the media won’t stop talking about her. As the people soured on socialism, the media seemed to focus on a former governor who lost as opposed to a President who won.

A professor at an elitist university back talks campus police when confronted. I don’t care if it was at his own home, you never sass a cop. That makes them assume you’re dangerous and/or up to no good. Why does a President need to weight in on the matter? The police department stands by their officer, who is far from a “rogue cop”. It seems that the professor is a very rich man with friends in powerful places and able to garner attention of the national media. I guess some in the administration thought that any attention would be a good distraction from the health care mess.

Now I know some of you out there who read this blog argue that we need the government. “Obscene” profits are hurting the average person and the big evil corporations [tm] are making us sick/denying care/etc.

O RLY?

We have government health care already: “The Shape of Things to Come?” (via: In From The Cold)

To be fair, many military doctors and treatment facilities have a well-deserved reputation for excellence. The Air Force mobile hospital at Balad AB near Baghdad has saved literally thousands of wounded troops; many go on to state-of-the-art rehabilitation centers in the U.S. that have produced their own share of miracles.

But talk to anyone who’s served in the military for any length of time, and you’ll hear horror stories about a system that is often inadequate. In some cases, base pharmacies don’t stock the latest medicines due to cost. Advanced medical treatment is also difficult to obtain; the only transplants conducted at military hospitals are kidney transplants, a procedure that was only offered decades after their introduction at civilian facilities.

In one example, a retired NCO was told his severe chest pain was nothing but “indigestion,” and sent home. He died hours later of a massive heart attack. At the same military hospital, a woman complaining of low back pain was given Motrin and told to “rest.” Two weeks later, she was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. The Air Force doctor who made the original, mistaken diagnosis was later reassigned to administrative duties, not as a result of the mistake, but because the service couldn’t confirm that the man (who was born overseas) had actually graduated from medical school.

If you want a taste of nationalized health care, just take a look at the military medical system. Some of us have seen the future–or Barack Obama’s version of our medical future–and it isn’t pretty.

The left may try to paper over it, deny it or distract us, but they want to destroy the village in order to save it.

You’ve had over sixty years. You promised, promised us that you could deliver health care, end war and make the world a better place. You failed. You failed in the 60’s and 70’s, you failed during the entire Cold War, you failed with Hillary Care and the terrorist threats of the 90’s and you are failing again. The more things change…

I’m just surprised that it’s only 6 months into a new administration.