Hooray For ObamaCare!

Or “the NHS” as it is called in British English:

When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat.

But it wasn’t a “death panel”, mind you! Nowhere do those two words appear in the doctor’s job description. Besides, how can you have a “panel” with only one member? So shut up, extremist Hobbit Visigoths and rally behind Mittens ObamneyCare Who Is The Only Man Who Can Save America™!

Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age.

So it wasn’t “merely” a case of “go home and die, you old fart”, it was a “go home and die in excruciating agony, you worthless old geezer!”

They didn’t even offer a “thank you” for the decades’ worth of taxes he’d been forced to pay into the system that he was too old and useless for.

His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms.

But he still died, right? After all, there was no hope for a cure. That’s what “terminal” means, right? So his sweet daughter just ended up blowing her savings on a hopeless cause, just like the definitely-not-a-death-panel doctor had said, right?

Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery he needed — and as a result his cancer was actually cured. Four years on, he is a sprightly 82-year-old who works out at the gym, drives a sports car and competes in a rowing team.

Er… Never mind. But shut up anyway!

Thatisall.

6 comments

  1. 1
    Draven32 growls and barks:

    Sigh…

    But its all TRUE!

    Anyone who is a vet having to deal with the VA can tell you exactly what government-run health care will be like if Obamacare continues. The ‘death panels’ won’t just be for seniors, they will be for everyone.

    e.g.:

    You’re an I.T. specialist (what many people think is purely s desk job but isn’t when you have to go check physical connections on a machine) and your knee decides to go wacky. The Panel says you don’t need arthroscopic surgery to fix your knee because its ‘not cost effective’ and ‘isn’t necessary for your trade’ . So you’re just supposed to work happily and pay your taxes and be in agony. (close enough to my own VA experience, with a few generalizations)

    (Taken from several friend’s current medical situations) Low testosterone? Not covered. ‘not cost effective’ and ‘unnecessary’.

  2. 2
    Mark12A growls and barks:

    Dec 21,2012 is coming. Who knows? Maybe it’ll just wipe out the liberals, assholes, and bureaucrats. But I repeated myself with “assholes”, didn’t I?

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  4. 4
    Mark12A growls and barks:

    When government goes into competition with the private sector for a service, it will first beat its competition senseless with stupid rules. When they stand alone, they will go ahead and fuck it all the way up. When they took over GM, one of their first targets was Toyota, the principal competitor in the US.

    Those of us who have always wanted GENUINE health care reform wanted things like transportability, the ability to purchase across state lines, tort reform. Those are things the government has already fucked into a cocked hat.

    And besides the stupid and disingenuous “commerce clause” fantasy, just where does the government get the authority to do it? From the good and plenty clause?

    Liberals. Assholes, the lot of them. Most of them would be significantly improved by laying them out on a slab.

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    LibraryGryffon growls and barks:

    DJ: you are forgetting that several of the Dems in Congress said flat out that they viewed this as a step on the way to their ultimate goal of single payer. And of course that single payer would be the government.

    And if you really want to see how the Dems view health care, find a copy of Zeke Emanuel’s editorial in Lancet (he’s not the first author, so you can’t find it that way in PubMed), and read about their cozy “Whole Lives” model for allocating “scarce” medical resources. If you are under 15, they don’t want to pay for it, because you are less likely to survive and get to “live a whole life”. If you are over 45 or 50, they don’t want to pay for it, because you have already “lived a whole life”. If at any point, it looks like you won’t survive or be able to lead what they consider a productive life, they don’t want to pay for it. Basically, if you don’t have at least 10 more years of taxpaying in you, forget it.

    We don’t have enough doctors in this country. There are geographic areas and specialties, where you can have the gold-plated, Cadillac, policies, and you *still* won’t get health care. Instead of giving everyone worthless health insurance, I’d rather they overrode the AMA’s insistence on keeping the number of med school slots artificially low. I’d also support federal financial support of medical school so doctors don’t have to go a quarter million in debt before they ever start earning, not to mention that they start earning close to 10 years later than most other professions, so they have that many fewer years to pay off that debt and save up for retirement.

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    Tallulah growls and barks:

    My dermatologist said “if they overturn Obamacare, your insurance premiums are going to double next year.” Where he gets this, I don’t know: he said it applies to independent, self-insured people like me.

    Any info? sounds nutty to me, because I know the insurance companies are in cahoots with Zero about obamacare; that’s why we didn’t have the “Harry and Louise” commercials like we did in the Hillarycare era. Remember those?

    Soooo — seriously, how can a doc figure this? I’ll see him on Friday and I reckon I should ask. :em03: