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Buying into Britain’s Debacle – American Thinker – July 31, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker

At the Netroots Nation Convention in Las Vegas, by way of video communication, Barack Obama spoke reassuringly to a roomful of left wing ideologues.  The President attempted to quell liberal frustration by agreeing with dissatisfied Progressives that in many areas, including health care reform, “change hasn’t come fast enough.”

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid then reiterated Obama’s sentiments, assuring liberal activists that in due time “We’re going to have a public option. It’s just a question of when.”

In Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s speech, the woman with the pearls the size of apricots claimed, “President Obama was happier on the evening health care reform finally passed out of Congress than on the night he won the presidential election.”

Health care reform must hold a lot of clout for the left if it means more to liberals than being leader of the free world.  If Great Britain’s National Health Care System (NHS) portends what Barry, Harry and Nancy have in store for America, government will soon control life and death and mere mortals will be granted heady power reserved for God, not man.

The NHS started in the very way American health care reform was promoted by the left. More than sixty years ago, Britain’s original plan was to provide universal care to the half of the population – mainly women, children and the elderly – who had no health coverage.

In the United States Obama has decided to exploit 10% of the uninsured as a means to coerce the other 90% to submit to a system the majority rejects.  Barry, Harry and Nancy, more accurately defined as the tyrannical trio, are in the process of imposing health care reform at a time when the world watches in horror as the British prototype falls apart.

Unable to sustain the high cost of “free” health care, Britain’s NHS officially hit the rocks and its crumpled body is presently lying dead at the bottom of a socialist ravine. Yet, the President remains resolute in his desire to push America over a similar precipice, well aware that rationing is in America’s future

To save money in an already abysmal health care system, Britain plans to implement further rationing. Unbeknownst to the British people, lines will be even longer for ill-fated patients destined to die of dehydration at the hands of  “lazy” nurses in understaffed government run hospitals.

In the future, if traveling to England, tourists should also be prepared to see many more crippled, blind people with crooked teeth, because the NHS plans to judiciously mete out knee and hip replacements, cataract surgery, and orthodontic procedures. Yet, Obama presses on.

British patient advocate groups are calling the draconian NHS measures “astonishingly brutal.”  An overbite is nothing compared to what “free” health care, akin to the type Obama promises Americans, will be delivering to our friends across the pond, especially the elderly. Apparently, “widespread cuts … have already been agreed to by senior health service officials,” better known in America as “death panels.”

Maybe one day when the world acknowledges the injustice of denying care to the elderly, there will be an exhibition similar to the shoe heap at the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, only the pile will be comprised of discarded walkers.

Besides disrespecting seniors and exercising governmental choice on those deemed a useless drain on the collective, the NHS anticipates big savings from cuts to budgets designated for the terminally ill.  Britain plans to save money by instructing “dying cancer patients…to manage their own symptoms if their condition worsens [in the] evening or [on] weekends.”

The [NHS] plan included more than £400,000 to be saved by “reducing length of stay” in hospital for the terminally ill.

As well as sending more patients home to die, the paper said the savings would be made by admitting fewer terminally ill cancer patients to hospital because they were struggling to cope with symptoms such as pain. Instead, more patients would be given advice on “self management” of their condition.

In other words, if you’re writhing on the floor in pain from stomach cancer, grab a bottle of Pepto-Bismol®, vodka, or Draino®, whatever works.

In addition to contributing to excruciating pain and angst, the soon-to-be-coming to America, “free” British health care includes the closure of nursing homes for the aged. Incontinent Alzheimer’s patients on feeding tubes will soon be living at home with family ill equipped to handle the challenges of aging parents.

Britain also promises a “reduction in acute hospital beds, including those for the mentally ill, with targets to discourage GPs from sending patients to hospitals and reduce the number of people using accident and emergency departments.”  So, when visiting Big Ben or touring Buckingham Palace if insane people with life-threatening wounds are lying around in the street, do step over and around, “free” health care is merely exercising cost-cutting measures.

Another innovative NHS cost cut: “thousands of job losses…including 500 to go at a trust where cancer patients recently suffered delays in diagnosis and treatment because of staff shortages.”  Delaying breast cancer diagnosis ensures fewer people survive, which ultimately benefits Britain’s bottom line.

Like most Americans, British victims remain unaware of lies ahead in the future. Much like the details of Obamacare, the NHS has hidden “details of hundreds of cuts buried in obscure appendices to lengthy policy and strategy documents.”

Dr. Peter Carter, head of the Royal College of Nursing, said he is “incredibly worried about the disclosures.” Carter claimed that Andrew Lansley, Britain’s very own Kathleen Sebelius,

Keeps saying that the Government will protect the front line from cuts – but the reality appears to be quite the opposite. We are seeing trusts making job cuts even when they have already admitted to being short staffed. The statements he makes may be well intentioned – but we would implore him to get a grip on the reality, because these kinds of cuts are incredibly worrying.

Apparently, while putting metastasized breast cancer on hold Britain’s Health Secretary manages to feign human compassion.

Obama’s newly appointed, “well-intentioned” Medicare-Medicaid czar Dr. Donald Berwick, on the other hand, applauds the British National Health Service. Berwick would gladly shove America over the edge of the cliff, being of the opinion that the “decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly.”

America should take heed as government-run Obamacare, like the NHS, will surely disadvantage the defenseless and weigh down the frail and dying with the burden of cutting costs. Barry, Harry and Nancy are an ideological, tyrannical trio committed to wresting control of life and death as they brazenly promise Progressive constituents, in the guise of fairness and compassion for the uninsured, a doomed system similar to Britain’s NHS.

Obama’s Health Care Rationing Czar – American Thinker – July 8, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

The President of the United States took a Congressional recess opportunity to appoint another controversial czar.  Renowned for rationing health care, Donald Berwick was appointed to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Dare we ask: Why does Obama need a rationing expert to oversee these two programs?

While Nancy is funning and sunning, Obama placed Czar Donald Berwick, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in the position of deciding who lives and who dies.  Obama circumvented the traditional confirmation venue because Berwick’s nomination was an uncertain one. Democrats realized a permanent vacation awaited them in November if the unpopular Obamacare discussion was broached again. Let’s just say Berwick was a touchy nominee.

Thus, Obama dictated and denied America the opportunity to have dastardly Donald explain comments he made in an interview last year with Biotechnology Healthcare.  Berwick said “society makes decisions about rationing all the time,” and that the “decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly.”

Obama’s “blind” appointment spares Donald having to explain his praise for the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  Berwick said NICE “developed very good and very disciplined, scientifically grounded, policy-connected models for the evaluation of medical treatments from which we ought to learn.”

Emphasis on Berwick’s comment: “policy-connected models for the evaluation of medical treatments.”

Obama insisted on ruining 90% of the population’s health care to insure 30-million uninsured individuals.  Maybe those about to be herded toward life and death social policy mandates might like clarification on Berwick’s statement that “The social budget is limited — we have a limited resource pool. It makes terribly good sense to at least know the price of an added benefit, and at some point we might say nationally, regionally, or locally that we wish we could afford it, but we can’t.”

Berwick believes the “degree to which the knowledge base is linked directly to policy and decision is a matter of choice,” which will be Donald’s choice alone.  If Obama gets his way, which he always does, death panel Donald will decide by advisory, mandatory, or policy-based measures who gets to live and who makes the sacrifice for the common good and dies.

Thankfully Republican leaders are speaking up on behalf of constituents at the mercy of Barry and the soon-to-be “expert on rationing.” Like Barack, Berwick believes excellent health care includes “redistribution.” The world’s finest health care system, like everything else, is about to be redistributed by government-appointed czars whose socialistic dreams mirror Barry’s utopian nirvana.

John Barrasso (R-Wyo) called the appointment “an insult to the American people,” saying “Once again, President Obama has made a mockery of his pledge to be accountable and transparent.” Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed, underscoring the reality that “Americans’ worst fears about health reform are being realized every day.”

Democrat Max Baucus (D-Mont) joined the chorus from across the aisle and “blasted the Obama administration for sidestepping Congress.”  Baucus said “Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power …ensuring crucial questions are asked of the nominee – and answered.”

Maybe before Obama overturns the First Amendment, McConnell, Barrasso and Baucus still have time to hold a nightly update press conference on the steps of the Capitol.  It’s about time Americans are made aware of Obama’s covert actions, which ultimately stand poised to threaten lives.

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