Thursday, June 03, 2010

Another ObamaCare Lunatic In Charge!

Yah, nothing like Central Planning for the very best of results.

The National Health Service [Britain's single payer health care] is one of the truly astounding human endeavors of modern times. Just look at what you are trying to be: comprehensive, equitable, available to all, free at the point of care, and – more and more – aiming for excellence by world-class standards.

So says Obama's hand-picked Medicare nominee, Dr. D. Berwick, (who, by virtue of his nomination, is the personification of Death Panels.)

By some chance, he didn't mention this study:

Patients who have major surgery in Britain are four times more likely to die than those in America, according to a major new study.

The comparison of care, which reveals a sevenfold difference in mortality rates in one set of patients, concludes that hospital waiting lists, a shortage of specialists and competition for intensive care beds are to blame.

But Berwick is hardly done with his manifesto-spout.

You plan the supply; you aim a bit low; historically, you prefer slightly too little of a technology or service to much too much; and then you search for care bottlenecks, and try to relieve them.

No successful military campaign EVER planned "slightly too little" force. EVER. So it should work in healthcare for seniors?

I cannot believe that the individual health care consumer can enforce through choice the proper configurations of a system as massive and complex as health care. That is for leaders to do...

Ah, yes. Leaders. An appellation given to such as Mao, Kim Jung-Il, and Pol Pot.

That's reassuring, "Doctor."

HT: VerumSerum


neomom said...

But remember Dad, its for our own good.

GOR said...

The idea that a National Health Service levels the playing field and gives equal access to all, is a sham – at least in Ireland, but perhaps also in Britain and Canada. In Ireland you can take out ‘supplementary health insurance’ which will give you priority over others for surgery or other procedures and provide you with better service (private or semi-private rooms, etc.). So if you have the money you can ‘jump the queue’ and leave the less financially equipped – and perhaps more medically urgent cases - in the dust. Some equality!