Monday, August 10, 2009
Taking a pain pill and dying: In Obama's own words.
That is a lie.
Here is Obama himself answering the question of a woman whose mother had a pacemaker installed at age 100 - after the first surgeon said she was too old. She's now 105.
Apparently he did not anticipate that this would become a big issue and answered truthfully, trying to appear to be a prudent manager of health care resources. Now he's denying that he meant what he said.
Exaggeration? Here's what happened under the British national health care system. (via Instapundit)
BRITISH HEALTH CARE: “A MUM suffering chest pains died in front of her young son hours after being sent home from hospital and told to take painkillers. Debra Beavers, 39, phoned NHS 24 twice in two days before getting a hospital appointment. But a doctor gave what her family described as a cursory examination lasting 11 minutes, before advising her to buy over-the-counter medicine Ibuprofen.”
How is the British health care system responding? There is an amazing similarity to Obama's response:
NHS 24 executive nurse director Eunice Muir said: "We can confirm Ms Beavers contacted NHS 24 and that her onward referral was managed safely and appropriately.
The government health care system did the right thing for the government health care system. It will not be spending any more money on Debra Beavers. Don't like the result? Tough.
Sure, you can find examples of the British health care system making mistakes, but are you trying to say that our current health care system doesn't make mistakes? And that's not counting the 22,000 people who die every year because they don't have health insurance.
And finally, why do you keep calling Obama's plan "nationalized health care" and comparing it to the British system? In the UK, which has "nationalized health care", doctors work for the government. Nobody is proposing that for the US. Even single payer (what they have in Canada, which Obama is definitely not proposing) would leave health care in the hands of private doctors and hospitals.
Yeah, good luck suing your insurance company anonymous after coverage has been denied and you're dying and/or out of work.
Fact is, if a private insurance company rejects too many claims for shaky reasons, word leaks out and people start looking for a different provider. With a government plan though, you're stuck with it and they will cheerfully send out men with guns to make sure the premiums are paid by whoever is paying them.
The solution to the problem of bad insurance companies is to reduce the idiotic levels of regulation and make it easier to start new ones. That way you'd have more choices if you don't like your current provider.
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