I’m very worried about my sister who was rushed by ambulance to a hospital the night before last. She has symptoms that baffled her and her husband. After admittance, the hospital staff performed several tests but it wasn’t until the following evening when a neurologist examined her that a couple of possible diagnoses were opined. Today she will have an MRI which will help determine which diagnosis is the correct one.
In light of what could happen to health care in our country, I can’t help but think about what would play out if we fast forwarded this event to the future that provided Obamacare for the same situation. After reading about rationed care, I am wondering if she would even have been allowed to go to the hospital or if they would examine her and send her home due to her not having the correct place in line. And what if we could not know the diagnosis for several weeks? What if the diagnosis was something serious? After several weeks, would it even matter? When I opened my email this morning, I received the following (from Jeanette Nordstrom at ncpa.org):
There is a petition from NCPA (National Center for Policy Analysis) floating around the internet that already has 740,000 signatures where Americans have voiced their opposition to nationalized health care and the increased cost, reduced access and lower quality it will provide.
At his press conference Wednesday night, President Obama admitted that the government will be intervening between you and your doctor. Only to prevent “unnecessary” care, he said but it will be the government, not the doctor who decides what’s necessary.
The nationalized health care plan proposed by President Obama calls for rationed care. Rationed care requires that patients forego medical procedures which fail to meet federal approval. Under nationalized health care, a bureaucrat will have the power to delay or deny care to a patient without regard for the patient’s medical needs or for the physician’s advice.
In Canada and the United Kingdom, both of which have adopted a nationalized health care system, patients’ access to care is far more restricted and wait times are far longer than in the United States. http://www.ncpa.org
Consider the following wait times:
- Better late… In a recent survey of adults suffering from a chronic condition, 74% of U.S. patients met with a specialist within four weeks of scheduling an appointment. By comparison, only 42% of British patients and just 40% of Canadian patients were able to meet with a specialist in the first four weeks suffering from their condition.
- …than Never? In the same survey, 33% of patients in the United Kingdom and 42% of patients in Canada waited for more than 2 months before meeting with a specialist to address their chronic condition. In the United States, only 10% of patients waited for longer than 2 months before meeting with a specialist.
- Hazardous Delay. Canadian wait times exceed the clinically reasonable wait time for every medical specialty . For neurosurgery, for instance, although the clinically reasonable wait time is 5.8 weeks, the average Canadian wait time exceeds 31 weeks. Orthopedic surgery is even worse. The clinically reasonable wait time is 11 weeks; Canadian patients waiting on orthopedic surgery wait on average almost 37 weeks before they receive treatment. http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Canadian_UK_HealthSystems.pdf
What can you do about this?
- Forward the petition www.freeourhealthcarenow.com to your friends, family and networks!
- Print the petition http://actionpack.ncpa.org and collect signatures, send to NCPA.
- Use the Action Pack http://actionpack.ncpa.org to access our Learning/Teaching Tools about health care so that you can educate your friends, family and neighbors.
- Attend The Heartland Institutes Health Care Roundtables and meet innovative leaders promoting health care reform. http://www.heartland.org/events/Roundtables/index.html
- Send a copy of the proposed government-run plan to your lists http://docs.house.gov/gopleader/House-Democrats-Health-Plan.pdf
- Track the progress of the “Free Our Health Care NOW!” petition by going to http://actionpack.ncpa.org and clicking the ‘ticker’ link.
- Share the petition through viral networking by clicking on the icon of your preferred social media.
Although, I remain anxious, I feel relatively secure that the doctors will pinpoint the problem with my sister and then be able to help her, but I worry about my 83 year old mother who Obama’s health board may determine is “too old” for any treatment she might need and I worry for the rest of us who are likely to get caught in the web of his political rise to power. Because that is what this health care debacle is about; it’s not about people or dollars; it’s about power.