Socialized Inhumanity

That’s what I call socialized medicine because that’s what it morphs into. Here’s the latest from Britain’s NHS, who refuses to give medical care to people over 70 even though they paid into the system their whole lives.

PENSIONERS with dementia should consider ending their lives to stop “wasting” NHS resources, it was suggested yesterday.

Medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock, 84, said senility sufferers were a burden to their families and doctors.

And she said there was nothing wrong with them feeling they had a “duty” to opt for euthanasia for the sake of others.

Meanwhile, in America our socialized medical system, Medicare, is failing as they all do, and doctors are opting out of treating patients. Just imagine the disaster Obamacare will be.

Right now he’s playing kissy face with socialist dictators like Chavez and Daniel Ortega as they insult the US and he says nothing. Maybe because he plans on adopting a lot of similar polices here and he knows that might finally get us the respect of these creeps. Like we need it from these rogues. We fought Ortega in the 80s and now Obama is making up to him. Chavez, Morales and Ortega have failing societies due to their policies. And many of Obama’s are large scale emulations of them.

When the president of the US is cozying up to communists I think we’re past being suspicious about his agenda. It’s sad that even some movie heroes are even openly praising totalitarianism.

Things are getting bad really fast. As this cartoon illustrates, we’ve slid a long way from the top.

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  1. I don't think Congress will have any trouble with doctors opting out of Medicare – they'll just pass a law forcing doctors to accept government health insurance.

    Problem solved!


  2. The lefties seem to really be into this euthanization movement lately. Terri Schaivo was just the beginning. They passed laws allowing it in Oregon and Washington. It just makes it that much easier for them to put people to sleep when they decide they are a “burden”. And it shows just how inhumane they really are.

    Though I do think people have the right to choose to die if they want to. But that should be their decision, not some doctor or the state.

  3. Brian;
    Problem is, there are only some many doctors and only so many hours in the day. Canada came up with a solution when the exodus of doctors to the States started causing problems there once they started letting in floods of “refugees.” They simply threw open the doors of Canada to every foreign doctor who could come up with something that looked like credentials. As you might imagine, doctors who were good were already going to the States where they could work with good equipment and support, and, not at all incidentally, make decent money. The marginal types went to places like France, the UK, and Canada. This is part of the reason for the high death rates and poor care in socialized medicine.
    I mean, where do people think all those doctors that get trained in places like Grenada go to work? They sure as hell aren’t at Johns Hopkins.

  4. I’ve got stories I could tell about Canadian health care from an uncle…

    Bedside manner is NOT one of the better traits of some Canadian doctors, these days.

    He had a heck of a time trying to find a different doctor in that country AND get his records transferred to that fellow, too!

    The doctor he had problems with was a Chinese emigree, btw. Not saying they’re all bad, but this guy was NOT a good doctor…

  5. The bright shining promises of the socialized medicine fanatics here have no effect on me, since I grew up in Canada and have spent plenty of time in Japan. I know what the reality of socialized medicine is. The problem with people here is that the media does not give them the information they need to make an informed decision–quite the opposite, in fact. To a man, the people I’ve talked to here who support socialized medicine believe it will be “business as usual..for free.” They are tragically wrong.
    I might add here that if anyone thinks Jim and I are simply trashing the idea because we have gold-plated health care policies, let it be known we are both self-employed, without health insurance, and paying for everything out of pocket. So it’s not just an academic exercise for us.

  6. Actually, I get VA Medical which is socialized medicine, so I know what it’s like. The VA isn’t bad, but you have to wait a months for appointments, they don’t cover a lot of procedures. There is often crowded waiting rooms. I will never forget my first exposure to the VA. When I was a teenager i dislocated my knee. Because my step dad was in the Navy I was taken to a VA hospital and I was in pain, I had to wait 6 hours before anyone even looked at me or talked to me. I wasn’t out of there until 10 hours later. All they had to do was pop my knee back and put a cast on. Should have took an hour.

    So that pretty much made me suspicious of socialized medicine from that point on.

    Am I glad I have VA, sure. But I earned it. When you join the service that is part of your deal. It’s nowhere near as good as it should be. The Feds are always trying to monkey with it and cut it back. They put a lot of the burden of the VA on the states. Which is why the service is better in some states than others. The one in Portland is teh best I have seen. It’s really good. The ones in California I have seen (admittedly along time ago), not so much.

  7. Ah, I forgot about your VA. But as you say, you have no illusions about socialized medicine–or maybe more accurately, rationed medicine.
    I do have catastrophic cost health care. It has a $20,000 deductible ($1000 if I’m brought in by ambulance), so if I need a liver transplant or get t-boned by an illegal alien I won’t be bankrupted, but I have to shell out for ordinary things. And let me tell you, having to pay your own health care bills makes you aware of costs. For example, my doctor tends to use the blood diagnostics service in the hospital he’s associated with. They’re just downstairs and convenient for his patients. But they charge, literally, 15 times as much (!!) as Quest Diagnostics. So I stop off at a Quest office on my way home and save over $200. When I needed a back x-ray a while ago, his receptionist called around and found a place that did it for 1/3 of the hospital’s cost.
    If more people did that sort of thing, health care costs would be rather less than they are.
    The insurance companies are not innocent, for sure. I have sleep apnea and need a CPAP machine. If I bought the supplies via my old Blue Shield plan, I had to go through their designated DME. I can buy the supplies via the internet for so much less than the DME charges that, given my deductible, it was cheaper for me to do that than get them from the DME. But Blue Shield would not let me buy over the net and submit a bill, even though that would have saved *both* of us money. Bizarre.

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