Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dr. Obama Prescribes a Pain Pill

Jane Sturm told Barack Obama that her mother had needed a pacemaker implanted at 100 years of age, but got denied by the first doctor she saw. She found a doctor who would do the surgery, impressed by her spirit. When Sturm asked Obama if her mother would have received a pacemaker under ObamaCare … well, watch for yourself:

Jane Sturm told the story of her nearly 100-year-old mother, who was originally denied a pacemaker because of her age. She eventually got one, but only after seeking out another doctor.

“Outside the medical criteria,” Sturm asked, “is there a consideration that can be given for a certain spirit … and quality of life?”

“I don’t think that we can make judgments based on peoples’ spirit,” Obama said. … “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking painkillers.“

H/T: Hot Air

Deal Hudson: The Problems with Government-Run Healthcare

Deal Hudson at Inside Catholic has written an excellent article on the problems with government-run health care.

Here is a sampling of what he shares:

Jim Cabretta, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, served for three years as the Bush administration's top budget official for health care. Cabretta claims that the present health legislation is not economically sustainable. "The plan as it stands," Cabretta concludes, "is not really a trillion-dollar bill; it really adds up to 1.5 trillion."

He explained the reason why the health-care bills are under-budgeted. "The legislation requires anyone who has job-based insurance 'has to stay there and not take the government subsidized program.' In addition, anyone who has not bought into their workplace insurance will be required to purchase it, 'even if they cannot afford it."' 

Anyone not presently covered will be able to get into the subsidized program, creating what Cabretta calls "horizontal inequity." In other words, everyone covered by employers will be paying significantly more for health care than those on the government plan.

"What will happen next is inevitable," says Cabretta. "People will complain about the inequality, and Congress will eventually allow everyone to purchase the lower-cost, government-subsidized programs. The overall cost of the nationalized plan will rise by 50 percent."

Do You Trust the Government with Control of Your Health Care?

~ Via Students for Life.