But I digress.
If Obama is successful in placing the Federal Government in control of our Health Care ... we're screwed.
Remember, "The Government" (at various levels ... Federal, State and Local) are the people who are in charge of:
- The U.S. Postal Service
- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Explosives
- The Department of Environmental Quality
- The Department of Education
- The Justice Department
- The Department of State ("HillaryCare Part II")
- The Department of Motor Vehicles
- The Internal Revenue Service
- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
- Congress, which approved --- and The President --- who initiated T.A.R.P.
Are these the peoplewho should be in charge of your Health Service?
No. They're politicians and Bureaucrats, whose only priority is either getting re-elected or Empire Building ... or both. These people would screw up a Wet Dream; I dn't know abut you, but I don't want them to decide whether they should allow their limited resources to be allocated in relief of my medical miseries.
Here's a Case in Point, from our British Cousins:
GP refuses stroke call out
A FAMILY whose father died after medics misdiagnosed his stroke three times and refused a home visit have won an out of court settlement.Was this a case of "We're not interested in moving from our comfortable chair", or "Judging from your description, there's no major emergency here", or "We don't have the resources to respond to EVERY call, and we have other things to do right now"?
... Jeffery Wingrove, 48, died in hospital less than 48 hours after collapsing at home with severe vomiting and crippling headaches.
Too ill to move, his wife Isabelle, 52, rang her out-of-hours GP service run by a privately contracted firm who twice refused a home visit despite her pleas.
Claiming he did not qualify as he was not elderly, they instead offered to fax a prescription for pain killers to her local pharmacy for her to collect.
Paramedics were called as his condition worsened but they misdiagnosed Jeffery with severe vertigo and gave him paracetamol instead.
By the next day Jeffery was in so much pain he was rushed to hospital by ambulance where a scan revealed an infarct on the left side of his brain.
Part of his brain had been severely damaged by a stroke. Doctors attempted surgery but he died the following morning.
‘ All they had to do was come and see him, which my usual GP would have done at the drop of a hat. But it was too much trouble for them. ’
During the subsequent investigation harrowing call recordings were released of Isabelle pleading with the doctor to come and help him.
Isabelle, of Braintree, Essex, said: ”If he had been ill in on a weekday he would still be alive today. They held a gun to his head and they pulled the trigger. He was never given a chance of survival.
”All they had to do was come and see him, which my usual GP would have done at the drop of a hat. But it was too much trouble for them.
”I told the doctor he couldn’t lift his head off the pillow and I had no chance of moving him as he was 6ft tall and I’m only 4’10”.
”I was just ignored no matter how much I pleaded. The hospital told us if he had been treated sooner he would have survived.”
It's impossible to tell from the limited information given in the article.
One thing is clear, though: the National Health Services is controlled by Bureaucrats and Accountants, not by Medical Experts. Certainly, the people in charge are neither Philanthropists nor Care Givers. If they were, their priorities would have generated a certain sense of Urgency after the second call, certainly after the third telephoned plea for help.
Swell. The government (or NHS, which is the same thing) threw the doctor under the bus and washed their hands of all responsibility.
The family won a six-figure out-of-court settlement for clinical negligence from the East of England Ambulance Service and the GP involved last month.
The family - Isabelle and sons Marc, 14, and Danny, 23 - intend making a complaint to the General Medical Council about the GP who has not been named.
It is understood the GP no longer works for Primecare.
A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Services NHS Trust said: ”We have co-operated fully with the investigation and do not feel that it is appropriate to comment at this time."
A spokesman for Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust said he could not comment on the specifics of what was a ”terrible tragedy” as the matter was still subject to possible future actions.
The lesson here is that the poliiticians make the rules, the Doctors are required to abide by them ... and when anything goes wrong, the Doctor gets the axe. Notice that the article does not mention a review of Governmental Policies or Procedures in an effort to prevent recurrence of this kind of tragedy.
Oh, let's call it what it really is: a screw-up of monumental proportions, because England cannot actually afford to run a National Health Service.
This should serve as a warning to we who are about to allow Obama to implement a similar bureaucratic quagmire on we, the Citizens of the United States of America.
Since Obama has saddled us and our children with (more or less) NINE TRILLION DOLLARS of debt (borrowed from the Chinese, who have no love for us), which is (more or less) equivalent to our Annual Gross National Product ... and in the process doubled our National Debt during the First One Hundred Days of his reign administration ... America also cannot afford to fund a National Health Service, either.
Sure, he claims that it will be 'an option', and that it is not intended to replace Private Medical Insurance plays but to supplement those plans available to those who can afford to pay for private insurance.
On the other hand, this is the same President who promised "The most transparent administration in American History", and that he would personally evaluate every bill which was presented to him "line by line" ... and then pushed for T.A.R.P., which was a 1600 page bill, before the members of Congress had time to read it. And doubtless before he had time to read it and discuss it, either. Not that he really cared; the bill fit his personal agenda, and that's the important thing.
Judging by the preceding editorial comments, one might arrive at the conclusion that I am becoming increasingly disillusioned about the leadership provided by Obama.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Obama has never served in an executive position in a company which actually produces a product, which is accountable to stockholders (or employees), yet he has the unmitigated gall to presume to take over some of the biggest corporations in the country (eg: General Motors) to the extent that he has arbitrarily assumed the right to fire the CEO, set salaries, and determine the product line which that and other companies can produce.
Obama has committed to the establishment of a "Civilian Corps" with funding comparable to the American Military, with goals and directives which have not yet been determined, which is not accountable to anyone other than Obama, and the membership of which currently seems slated to be obligatory, rather than voluntary.
Hell, even our military is an "All Volunteer" organization, but not the Obama-Crats.
I do not trust the man. He is committed to tax rules which are specifically and clearly designed to accomplish his personal goal of "Redistribution of Wealth". He has established 'forgiveness' tax rules which establishes a Dolist population greater than the producing tax-payers. In fact, those who pay NO taxes will be rewarded with a 'tax rebate', taken from tax-payers.
Does this sound like the actions of a man whose intention is to provide quality Medical Care for lower-earning, retired and otherwise indigent Citizens?
Or does this sound like the actions of a man who wants the Government to control every aspect of our private lives?
I know what I think.
What do YOU think?
Is "The British Model" of Health Care appropriate to a bankrupt First-World Nation?