Death Panels

>> Thursday, September 3, 2009

The left has enjoyed pointing and laughing at the thought of anything like a death panel being proposed in any of the health care reform proposals. This is to be expected from a group for whom "unexpected consequences" is a made-up law. As they are so focused on the superficial wonderfulness of their ideas, they fail to see beyond to possible, and in most cases, likely outcomes. This article shows one manner in which a "death panel" would manifest out of the good intentions of a given policy. It illustrates the fears, and they are righteous and logical fears, of those who balk at the thought of government interference, particularly by THIS government, into areas into which they have no business to tread.

We already know that Barry and others in the Dem Party would prefer to see private insurance companies disappear. There have been documented instances of them saying so. Thus, the likelihood of a government run system dictating who gets to live and when would probably happen down the road, when their dream of a single-payer system has come to pass. Of course, we might be suffering so badly from the financial burden of Barry's version of America that we might look forward to death.


BenT - the unbeliever,  September 3, 2009 at 5:10 PM  

You know that we in fact already have a single-payer health care system? It's called the VA System. The government hires the doctors and nurses and owns the hospitals. Veterans' health care system uses the same principles as the British or Canadian system. It has some of the lowest administrative costs and the highest patient satisfaction. We should all be so lucky as our veterans.

Marshall Art September 4, 2009 at 1:04 AM  

Here, and here, and here are other examples of single-payer systems that have not fared as well. So I've provided testimonies regarding both British and Canadian systems and here's how I respond to your, uh, response:

The VA is limited in it's reach. At the same time, health care for Native Americans, or those I like to call "Indians", which is also limited, is horrible. Seeing the difficulties in British, Canadian, Swedish and other socialized systems seems to indicate that the larger the population to serve, the harder it is for a government to handle it efficiently without the fears of single-payer opponents coming true to one degree or another.

What remains is the fact that despite the shortcomings of our current system, the remedies required are far less intrusive than Barry & Co would have us believe, and less, not more gov't meddling is the way to go. We can start with using real numbers regarding those who want, but cannot obtain health insurance. That number is far, far less than the 47 million the left likes to throw around and by some estimates are closer to 9 million.

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