Obamacare: Death Panels After All

May 28, 2010 at 08:50 (General Stupidity, Health, News)

Not shocking. The way these fools get away with it is to make fun of the idea – ‘Haha listen to the crazy conspiracy people! They imagine some dark room with evil plots.’. Well it’s not that simple. Maybe people watch so many movies they are unable to see the truth. Maybe they imagine the villain has to LOOK like a villain, and have secret lairs, and rub his hands while gleefully plotting the deaths of millions…. but it’s not that way. Wake up folks.

“I am romantic about the National Health Service. I love it,” he has said about the British health care system. His favorite part of British health care seems to be its rationing arm, the National Institute for Clinical Effectiveness (NICE). NICE is responsible for determining whether or not the life-extending benefits a patient receives are worth the cost to the government. Dr. Berwick calls this institution a “global treasure.”

How much is a human life worth? About £30,000 per year, according to NICE. Anything more than $44,000 per year of extended life, and NICE is likely to deny treatment. Important drugs that prolong the life of cancer patients, such as Lapatinib and Sutent, are not allowed. Alzheimer’s drugs are also heavily restricted for those in the early stages of the disease despite the fact that the early stages are when treatment can provide the most benefit. Originally pitched as nothing more than a board to promote “best practices,” NICE has become a rationing, death panel machine.

Dr. Berwick thinks this system is so wonderful, we should implement it right here in America. “It’s not a question of whether we will ration care,” he explained in a magazine interview, “It is whether we will ration with our eyes open.” His idea of rationing with eyes open is when “collective action overrid[es] individual self-interest.” The individual he is referring to here, whose interests should not matter, is the patient. The collective action is the death panel.

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