Friday, April 24, 2009

If We Kill Off The Old And Infirm....

Mr. Obama has a plan for cutting medical costs in America. You will be graded on your worth. And if you are not worth enough...

Why do you think the stimulus package pours $1.1 billion into medical "comparative effectiveness research"? It is the perfect setup for rationing. Once you establish what is "best practice" for expensive operations, medical tests and aggressive therapies, you've laid the premise for funding some and denying others.

It is estimated that a third to a half of one's lifetime health costs are consumed in the last six months of life. Accordingly, Britain's National Health Service can deny treatments it deems not cost-effective -- and if you're old and infirm, the cost-effectiveness of treating you plummets. In Canada, they ration by queuing. You can wait forever for so-called elective procedures like hip replacements.

Rationing is not quite as alien to America as we think. We already ration kidneys and hearts for transplant according to survivability criteria as well as by queuing. A nationalized health insurance system would ration everything from MRIs to intensive care by a myriad of similar criteria.

The more acute thinkers on the left can see rationing coming, provoking Slate blogger Mickey Kaus to warn of the political danger. "Isn't it an epic mistake to try to sell Democratic health care reform on this basis? Possible sales pitch: 'Our plan will deny you unnecessary treatments!' ... Is that really why the middle class will sign on to a revolutionary multitrillion-dollar shift in spending -- so the government can decide their life or health 'is not worth the price'?"
Well at least he has the decency - so far - of not suggesting camps for the old and infirm. Although he is doing all he can to promote travel by trains. If I was over 60 I'd avoid free trips offered by the government to their Wellness Camps with their 1,000 calorie a day diets - fat kills don't you know. Say. I am over 60....

5 comments:

RavingDave said...

Shades of NAtional SoZIalism.

"It's like Deja vu all over again."


David

99% said...

We'll be seeing you Msimon...good riddance.

rumcrook said...

well, if being a vile substandard human being were the criterian than your next 99

99% said...

rumcrook,

Well said -- you sound just like the Austrian Corporal with regards to the Jews.

Come get me -- I'll be waiting with my Glock.

99% said...

Oh, and by the way, the correct spelling is "criterion". I'll give you a pass since you likely never made it past 7th grade.