Posted by: theheartlander | April 8, 2011

America, this is your single-payer future

“Public option.” “Individual mandate.” “State insurance exchanges.” Blah, blah, blah. Does anyone seriously doubt that the crazy, unworkable, half-private, half-government system of Obamacare is anything other than a way to put private insurance companies out of business so that eventually we will all be forced into a single-payer government system (i.e., socialized medicine)?

If there are still any doubters out there, they should listen to the socialists’ own words:

 

Britain’s single-payer National Health Service gives us a scary preview of the kind of things we’ll see in America if we don’t repeal Obamacare: everything from less technological innovation to lower cancer survival rates to reduced access to treatment for chronic diseases.

But that’s not all. Wesley Smith, at his Secondhand Smoke blog, writes:

Not only are there terrible waits for care, but less-sick people are often given priority in the daily surgery over those in more immediate need to meet bureaucratically imposed checklists. From the [Telegraph] story:

The most seriously ill patients in the NHS have become the victims of “neglect” as surgeons are forced to focus on hitting waiting-list targets for pre-planned operations, leading emergency doctors warn. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the presidents of the Royal College of Surgeons, the College of Emergency Medicine and other leading medical associations call on [government] ministers to redress the balance to ensure that such patients receive “the highest levels of supportive care”.

They argue that while the NHS has succeeded in reducing waiting times for pre-planned operations in recent years, this has come “at the cost of relative neglect of the needs of the patients admitted as emergencies”. Often, those in greatest need are having their surgery “squeezed in at the end of the day”, they say. “Surgeons know the service could be much better,” they write. Cutting waiting times became a priority for the NHS after Labour came to power in 1997 with a pledge to take 100,000 patients off the waiting lists..

In today’s letter, the doctors write: “In many surgical departments the on-call team is not freed from other commitments and has elective operating lists and clinics, leaving emergency patients to be squeezed in at the end of the day.” In addition, such patients are often sent to “inappropriate wards” where their needs cannot be properly met.

All of which just goes to prove the adage:
To err is human; to really foul things up requires a bureaucracy.

Obamacare is creating 159 new offices, agencies and programs.

Only one thing to do: REPEAL IT!

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