Posted by DrJohn on 26 July, 2010 at 10:07 am. 2 comments already!


Many of us know that the health care law forced upon us was only the beginning of the battle toward full government control of health care. Harry Reid once again provides confirmation :

“We’re going to have a public option,” Reid said. “It’s just a question of when.”

Let’s fast forward to the future of the US health care system. Here are my predictions for the Obamacare of tomorrow:

* Restrictions on some of the most basic and common operations, including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and orthodontic procedures.

* Plans to cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from budgets for the terminally ill, with dying cancer patients to be told to manage their own symptoms if their condition worsens at evenings or weekends.

* The closure of nursing homes for the elderly.

* A reduction in acute hospital beds, including those for the mentally ill, with targets to discourage GPs from sending patients to hospitals and reduce the number of people using accident and emergency departments.

* Tighter rationing of funding for IVF treatment, and for surgery for obesity.

* Thousands of job losses at public health system hospitals, including 500 staff to go at a trust where cancer patients recently suffered delays in diagnosis and treatment because of staff shortages.

* Cost-cutting programs in pediatric and maternity services, care of the elderly and services that provide breaks to long-term carers.

I am entirely confident in these predictions. And how is it I can be so confident?

Easy. It’s already happening.

Axe falls on NHS services

Those “predictions” are the coming hard facts for the NHS in the UK.

Government controlled health care is failing in the UK. It is failing in Massachusetts. It failed in Oregon. It failed in Hawaii. It’s in trouble in Canada.

Having witnessed the nearly universal failure of government controlled health care, what do Reid, Obama and Democrats choose to do? The same thing.

Historical figures have had appropriate comments on this approach:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
– Albert Einstein

And there’s one more;

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
– Albert Einstein

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