Category Archives: Health Care

Leave It To the Daily Kos…

To politicize any crisis.

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Selling Obamacare

Not only are you paying for Obamacare in concrete and immediate ways with higher taxes, and skyrocketing insurance premiums (by the way, Jonathan Gruber is a lying SOB or too stupid to be associated with MIT), you’re also paying in ways for which the bill may not come due for decades, by killing medical innovation and decreasing the desirability of medicine as a profession.

But there’s one more way you’ll be paying that even the most pessimistic probably hadn’t anticipated: A $20 million PR campaign to sell the benefits of Obamacare to a recalcitrant public. The Obama Administration: Screwing the American taxpayer every day.

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Why Does Barack Obama Hate Poor, Black Children?

Barack Obama’s FDA has issued a directive banning over-the-counter asthma inhalers because they utilize chlorofluorocarbons as a propellant.

What does this have to do with poor, black children, you say? As it happens, black children are more likely to suffer from asthma than any other major demographic group in the United States.

Additionally, data indicates that their asthma is less likely to be well-controlled.

What’s more worrisome is the fact that black children with asthma are twice as likely as white children to be hospitalized because of the disease, more than three times as likely to visit the emergency department — a sign of uncontrolled asthma — and slightly more than three times as likely to die from asthma as white children. Some studies in large urban areas like New York and Boston report hospitalization and death rates three to five times higher than whites.

It doesn’t take a genius to make the connection between uncontrolled asthma leading emergency room visits and lack of access to quality preventive care. The kind of non-care that poor children might be likely to receive.

…Poor minorities, tend to have less access to health care, she notes. And even when they see a doctor, the care they receive tends to be of lesser quality than white children. Poverty probably also plays a role. For instance, black children from disadvantaged backgrounds are twice as likely to have asthma as black children who aren’t.

It strikes me as quite likely that poor black families – just the kind who may lack access to quality health care – would be more likely to use over-the-counter asthma inhalers than, say, Bill Gates’ children. The kind that will no longer be available after the end of this year. But I’m just guessing.

So back to my original question, why does Barack Obama hate poor, black children?

It’s a mystery.

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In Which The “Death Panel” Is Called The “Adult Guardian”

An Australian man is mourning the death of his wife after a government bureaucrat was called in to decide her fate.

AN anguished husband was forced to spend his final hours with his wife trying to stop the Gold Coast Hospital from switching off her life support, only a day after she responded to his presence. A tearful Ziv Magen had earlier vowed to fight for wife Maiko’s life for the sake of their toddler son after the hospital called in the Adult Guardian to decide her fate.

But she died last night, with her family at her bedside, in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Mr Magen last night said he believed his wife could have survived if treatment had not been stopped.

“It would have at least given her a fighting chance,” he said.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this couldn’t or wouldn’t happen under Obamacare. When you enact legislation that necessarily forces prices up, the only way remaining to “bend the cost curve down” is to ration care.

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An Appropriate Use Of Power

Dan Riehl has a post up, In Contrast to Boehner, Pelosi “Drove Health Care Down GOP’s Throat.” I’d like to suggest an alternate title, “In Contrast to Boehner, Pelosi Had the Cojones to Use Her Power and Position to Get What She Wanted.” Over long, I know, but accurate nonetheless.

This brings up the question, would I want Speaker Boehner to use raw power to “drive something down the Democrats’ throat? When it comes to repealing or defunding Obamacare, absolutely, the difference being that Boehner would be acting in accordance to the will of the people, rather than in direct opposition to it…as Nancy Pelosi did. So a word of advice to Speaker Boehner: you’re not winning any friends by including funds to implement Obamacare in your continuing budget resolutions. I’m just sayin’, you know, because the the tea party has a bit of power of its own to wield.

Other than that, Dan said it very nicely, so be sure to click through and read it all.

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Rasmussen Poll Finds 17% of Americans Completely Out Of Touch With Reality

A Rasmussen poll released today finds 17% of Americans so out of touch with reality, they should be hospitalized for their own protection; they are the pitiable few who believe Obamacare will lower costs.

I can understand a person taking the position that using the force of government with regard to universal health care is a moral position – although I don’t agree – but to believe that a plan with no actual cost cutting measure will drive down the cost of health care is a stunning denial of reality.

Thankfully, 61% of Americans understand that costs will necessarily rise and 62% believe it should be repealed.

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CBS Displays A Terminal Lack Of Intellectual And Journalistic Curiosity

CBS reports that, while alcohol-related deaths due to liver disease have declined in many countries since the 1980s, deaths in Britain have risen…but it apparently doesn’t occur to them to wonder if their health care system might have anything do to with it.

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Dear Uncle Sam: Pretty Please, Keep Track Of My Medical Records

This is awesome! I think the federal government is exactly who should be in charge of medical records for hundreds of millions of people. They’ve proven their worthiness time and time again. Here’s just one more example.

And keep in mind, the FAA is only tracking a few hundred thousand airplanes, roughly 1/1000th of the number of people whose medical records would be tracked in a government database. I don’t think it takes an aeronautical engineer to see that the potential for disaster is astronomical.

 

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Hubris That Knows No Bounds

I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that a man who rather famously implied that he could stop the rise of the oceans also believes that, well, look at this:

In an interview airing Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama said the health care system itself is huge and complicated and that changing it eluded previous presidents because it was so difficult.

Yes, our health care system is so huge and complicated that only he, Barack Obama, was smart enough to understand it in its enormity, grasp its many intricacies and miraculously transform it into a system that provides quality care for all at a lower cost. Or not.

Unfortunately it appears that he wasn’t smart enough to understand that “health care system” and “medical insurance” aren’t the same thing.

Off topic: It’s also rather shocking to note that the smartest President ever couldn’t gauge the size of the political backlash that hit the Democrats on Tuesday.

I made the decision to go ahead and do it, and it proved as costly politically as we expected — probably actually a little more costly than we expected, politically,” he said.

 

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Words Weekly Wrap-Up: 10/17/10 through 10/23/10

Vandals Support Democrats

Bending the Cost Curve…Up

Thanks, Patty…Way To Boost The Economy

Learn About Politics And Support Patty Murray!

Governor Jay Inslee?

Tremble, Washington! Evil Right-Wing Plots Are Afoot in LD-1

How The Hell Did Paul Krugman Get To Be So Stupid?

Pants On FIRE!

The New Puritans Strike Again

James Watkins / Jay Inslee Debate (10/18/10)

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