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Tuesday, June 16. 2009
Somebody please remind me what the alleged rationale is for a government take-over of medical care in America.
It sure isn't those uninsured, since the plan admits it would only cover 1/4 of them (16 million out of a supposed 50 million uninsured).
Or is it a simple power grab of a large % of the US economy by the politicians, who admit that they intend to eliminate any private medical care and any private medical insurance thus putting us all helplessly and powerlessly into the hands of a government monopoly?
I, for one, would hate to see the destruction of American medicine purely for ideological (Socialist) and power-lust reasons. Primum non nocere. Mind you, I always thought that Social Security and Medicare should be means-tested for the poor, and not general entitlements.
Related: This is what happens when medical care becomes politicized. Do you think some ER Doc wants to spend a half hour on the phone explaining to a government bureaucrat why he wants you to have a CAT scan when he has an acute MI in the next bed, a GI bleeder in the next room, and a non-English-speaking drunk attacking your security guard down the hall?
Related: Moonbattery puts it this way
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The last person in the world I would want to design and manage my medical care would be Ted Kennedy.
AND, BD, he'll only be 'splainin it to the bureaucrat between the hours of 9AM and 4PM, when all those folks aren't in the ED. Heh-heh, that'll cure those long wait times . . . and maybe that's part of the plan.
Had chats with a GI surgeon and a durable medical goods manufacturer today, neither of whom could understand any of the applause for The Annointed One's speech before the AMA yesterday (The doc doesn't belong to the org). All I've been hearing is, "If you think it's bad now, just wait!"
So, in parting, here's my favorite story of the week (and it's only Tuesday here in CT, USA: A man complains of abdominal pain, starts to vomit blood, off to the ED and hospital for a one week stay. Upon discharge, the man will be covered by Medicare (His care had been covered by Medicaid, up to that point, including homecare, hemodialysis, therapy for a stroke, etc.). The doc writes an order for Protonix (a stomach medicine, of which there are several similar ones available). The man goes home, daughter brings the prescription to the local pharmacy, and is told that the insurer (Medicare Part D) won't cover it. Now the man could find the service phone number on the back of the card and call and ask for the list of drugs that the insurer covers, but the card is missing. The pharmacist (Actually, several pharmacists from two different outlets tried) can't go into the computer and tell which one will be covered without triggering an order. The original prescriber is off duty, the covering attending MD hasn't returned calls or faxes. No one has responded with a prior authorization for this prescription, which might have to be repeated anyway on a monthly basis. The primary care doc will do anything he can to get the med to the man, but no one can tell him what to order (I finally solved similar problem for another pt by asking for three different prescriptions - it took almost two months.) Several days go by . . . The man is complaining of the pain again, so the daughter (A very poor family, I might add, with a chronically ill child = not much extra money) goes to the pharmacy and buys an over-the-counter, lower strength, similar product. Two days go by, the man is rehospitalized. You can't blame the original prescriber, because she has no idea who the insurer is, or what they will cover, without the magic card, probably lost years ago. Maybe this time they can try another med and hope that it is on the approved list. Oh, I forgot to mention: the Medicare Part D provider isn't the only one in on the act; it turns out that the State Medicaid office got involved and also refused the prescription. Wonder what the second hospitalization cost the taxpayers. Also, do you wonder what the price difference between Protonix and its competitors was? Surely, there isn't any cost involved in the many faxes, and phone calls between all the parties in the last week; after all, the docs and nurses and pharmacists have nothing else to do all day. I'll find out tomorrow what the man feels about all this (never mind, I know) - he feels trapped. None of us can wait for Obamacare, including the "public option."
Steve in CT ... That's a harrowing story indeed. What have I been saying, folks? The Universal Health Care Plan of the 'compassionate Democrats' is Universal Health Care Rationing. And the old and the helpless will be 'rationed' to death first.
Obama is pushing so hard to get the Plan passed into law before those of us in 'flyover country' can see the full horror of the thing.
Let us look at the big picture for a minute. Look at all the mind-blowingly HUGE things that are being done to us, and the rest of the world, with HUGE lies.
Global Warming: going to change everything. We need to inventory every part of our lives- right?
TARP and this phoney Depression: completely changing the financial lay of the land, for what? The players that caused this are getting billions, taking over their competition, and the government is way out of control here.
Swine Flu: A few people are sick, now they want to inject all of us, kids first at the schools according to Sebelious, with an un-safe and un-proven vaccine. Meanwhile- the real flu still kills tens of thousands a year in USA, millions world wide. Why all the fuss? Lies and damned lies.
Now this healthcare scam: upending the entire system because a tiny fraction of the population has no insurance. The rest either: don't want it or are illegal. But for some reason all of us have to change, and PAY.
Very little of what we think we know is truth. Very little of what the media and the government says is truth. We sit around arguing about the lies being foisted upon us.
Having a monopoly isn't enough for them, there are still people who can opt out by not participating. They want to get those people too.
I should blog these Medicaid/Medicare follies on a weekly basis, but I won't.
To follow on my earlier post to this topic, last week's winner (I need a name for this prize) was this:
One of our seasoned citizens had a broken down electric wheelchair, that stranded him outside last fall, at night, in a slight rain storm. No cell phone, no other traffic on the private sidewalk he was using to return from the store, oh, and no legs.
Managed to get Medicaid to pay for a new battery (a partial fix), asked a physical therapist for an evaluation, who then ordered a nice new chair for him. Six months later, in March, it arrived. It was defective, and very difficult to control, the vendor tried earnestly to fix it, it's being picked up to be returned to the manufacturer. Guess what the chair cost . . . the last one I saw a bill for was about $5K; this one was billed to the taxpayers at a little shy of $35,000!!
Not the end of the story. At the same time, the gentleman had complained that when he transfers from the chair to his daughter's car, only about one inch of the board rests on the car seat. He is a big, rugged, brave guy, but felt nervous because if he fell in a parking lot somewhere, his daughter couldn't help him up. Current board is 24 X 7 inches, so everyone agreed that a 35 inch long board would be just the ticket for car-to-chair surfing. The doc is poised pen in hand to write the order, only . . .
Medicaid won't pay for it. It costs $100. He can't afford it.
The safety specs for this piece of plywood are published, and if I turn my head just so, I can catch a whiff of non-skid wood finish drying, along with the nice homey odor of fresh sawdust (smells like safety to me) Maybe a nice new board will fall off the back of the truck at this man's apartment sometime soon, and the hell with the lawyers, Medicaid/Medicare, and the effin gummint.
Now what do you think would look good stenciled on the bottom of this thing?
The rational of taking over medical healthcare is easy: money and power. It is that simple.
Fact: the government is always on the prowl for more money.
Fact: medical services are ripe for government take over since benefits are in the future and payment is now. By the time us denizens realize we arenít getting the care we were promised, itís too late.
Fact: most people require medical services and thus would depend on the government more. So not only will the poor be dependent, but now will most every denizen, except for the very wealthy.
Fact: prices will only go up, thus increasing governments hold on our pocket books.
Fact: government will never be able to setup a system sufficient to service everyone, but will tax us as if they did. So the profits will be higher than the money used. As denizens discover they canít get the treatments they want/need, government will seize that opportunity to raise taxes and people will be docile.
Fact: every time governments take over medical services, you end up with both public and private care facilities because the former is unable to cope with reality.
The real solution is to uncover the propaganda the media/Obama have been feeding us and go back to a single payer system where health care costs are more transparent. Governments are not here to help us, they are here to tax us. That is the one thing it is truly good at.
My Dad was a Doctor. What they called in those days, "A Physician and Surgeon". There was no health insurance. The closest thing was how big industrial companies who had "accidents" had their own doctors on site along with nurses and clinics. Outside of those, medical care was cheap and everybody got the care they needed. And, you could get a house call if you needed one.
Medical Insurance has been the killer of American health care. And, they will keep "insuring" us until it's all gone. Buy your KY Jelly by the bucket.