This is a soap box post! What I am going say may offend some people. Sorry, about that, I really am. But fear of offending people should never be a reason to stay quiet on an important subject.
Now on to your regularly scheduled political rant.
Do I think that everyone should have access to whatever they need to be healthy? Yes!
Do I think that Doctor’s, Hospitals, Tech’s, insurance companies, etc. charge too much? YES!
Do I think that the system is broken and that the people who slip through the cracks are tragic? Absolutely!
Do I think that we should have Government run Universal Health Care aka Socialized Medicine? Absolutely not!
Why? Because it doesn’t work. And I know that some or most of you might think that the reason I don’t like it is because my spouse is in the medical profession and that we are chasing the all mighty dollar. So in order to assuage your fears, allow me to explain my reasoning. For a minute, let’s forget how eliminating monetary incentives will reduce the number of people applying for Medical School and in doing so reduce the median IQ of those who do apply. Let’s forget about how without competition, inventiveness and innovation can’t thrive. And let’s assume for a minute, that people will still work 90 hour weeks, even if they are only paid for 36. Ok, let’s assume all of that does not play a roll in why Government Run Health Care will ultimately fail the people that it claims to want to serve.
Government, can only allocate so many dollars to Health Care. Regardless of what some politicians believe, money doesn’t just appear when you find something you want to spend it on. You have to get it from somewhere aka taxes, etc. And so since it can only allocate so many dollars to Health Care, that means, in effect, that they can only allocate so many dollars per person. And when the treatment for an illness exceeds the cost of that is allowed for that person, guess what, they don’t get Health Care.
That’s PREPOSTEROUS, Courtney! How can you THINK such a thing! Let me tell you about a little something that is going on in the UK. NICE (the National Institue for Health and Clinical Excellence) has concluded that the drug Tykerb, which has been shown to delay the progression of Breast Cancer, is worth more than the life of the woman who has it. In fact, the average two bedroom apartment in Manhattan is also worth more then what NICE has decided to ration to the typical Breast Cancer patient. There are countless of other cases of limiting care just like this one.
Well, Little Miss Know-It-All, that is no different then what the evil insurance companies do. Uh, yeah, and at what point did I say the current system was awesome? But silly me. I really have to remember that letting the federal government fix our problems is ALWAYS the way to go. I mean, Jimmy Carter prophetically created the US Department of Education to fix the problems with education. And we all know what a bang up job the USDE and Bush with his No Child Left Behind has done.
David Kupelian said it well when he said in an inverview:
“We heard for 14 months that our healthcare system is desperately broken. In reality, it’s the finest healthcare system in world history. If you’re an illegal alien child molester and you get sick or injured and go to a public hospital, you will, by law, be taken care of whether or not you can pay. That’s not a broken system. And as for the relatively small number of Americans who truly can’t afford health insurance, our government has always been good at creating safety nets. But that was not the intent of Obamacare, which conspicuously bypassed all sensible, market-based reforms – like litigation reform and allowing intrastate purchase of insurance – that would lower costs without degrading quality of care.”
I’m going to let you in on another dirty little secret that no one wants to talk about. When you only have so much money to go around, and only so many doctors to give care, and only so many hospitals and with a 70 day wait before you can get a mammogram (Italy’s average wait time), some else has to give. And what will it be (besides quality of care, of course), the infants, elderly and the fatally ill. Yup. You got it. The people who need it the most, will be the one’s who are the least likely to get it. But don’t you worry. You will still be able to get your elective abortions and sterilizations, your gastric bypass surgery and gender reassignment. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of money around for those sort of things.
Section 1233 of the health care bill, HR 3200, requires “death with dignity” aka euthanasia consultations every five years for senior citizens. So… every five years a social worker or other government official will come to our elder and infirm and, with the utmost sensitivity I’m sure, ask them if they are quite ready to kick the bucket yet. How very dignified.
And on the other end of the age spectrum, BBC’s upcoming documentary 23 Week Babies: The Price of Life sheds some light on the subject of premature babies and socialized medicine. In it Dr. Daphne Austin, a prominent British health care official says that she thinks premature babies born at 23 weeks gestation should be left to die. Why? Money. Thought Government Run Universal Health Care would get rid of money concerns didn’t you.
“If it was my child, from all the evidence and information that I know, I would not resuscitate,” Dr. Daphne Austin said.
She continues: “We are doing more harm than good by resuscitating 23-weekers. I can’t think of very many interventions that have such poor outcomes. For me the big issue is that we’re spending an awful lot of money on treatments that have very marginal benefit. I would prefer to free up that money to spend on providing support to people who have much more lifelong chronic conditions.”
She then says “There’s a lot of emphasis on the parents’ views and what they want. But somewhere in there, there needs to be an advocate for the baby.” So basically, in addition to cutting costs, we should be thinking about the rights of the child. You know, the right to die… er… I mean they have the right to life.. er… I mean… Well I guess we don’t really need to know what she means. How very typical.
You can read the entire article here where you will also be able to see an awesome video about how “Any good mother” should consider smothering her suffering child with a pillow. How is that for “Death with Dignity”. Now as a mother, I can tell you that I would rather die myself then see one of my children suffering from injury or illness. But I most certainly wouldn’t want to end their suffering by ending their life. Not only that, but one person’s definition of “suffering” is far different from someone else’s. Let’s take the idea of “cruel and unusual punishment” for an example.
The Eighth Ammendment to our Constitution states “In criminal cases, cruel and unusual punishment shall not be inflicted”. Now at the time of the adoption the Constitution the British penalty for high treason was having the convicted person “hanged by the neck and then cut down alive, then he was disemboweled while yet living. His head was cut off and his body divided into four parts for disposition by the King: The English law also provided for cutting off the ear, flogging, cutting off hands, castrating, standing in the pillory, slitting of the nose and branding on the cheek. There were also certain situations for which there was “perpetual imprisonment” (interesting side note, life in prison was concidered by our founders to be cruel and unusual while the death penalty by firing squad was actually considered a way to die with honor). – The Making of America.
Compare what our founders thought of as cruel and unusual punishment to those prisoners who say that being denied conjugal visits, chocolate cake, and 100 cable channels is cruel and unusual punishment (maybe someone out to give them a history lesson).
So basically, I might think that living with painful burns all over my body might be considered suffering, but clearly some inspiring people (such as Nie Nie who has burns on 80% of her body due to a near fatal plane crash) don’t think it’s painful enough to end their life and certainly not enough to keep them from LIVING with dignity.
As a columnist eloquently put it, socialized medicine is nothing but a state in which”human dignity is an obsolete concept and the value of human life is reduced to formulas used to calculate the material contribution of the individual to the state.”