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Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2009]
In England anyone over 59 cannot receive heart repairs or stents or bypass because it is not covered as being too expensive and not needed.
I got this today and am sending it on. If Obama's plans in other areas don't scare you, this should.
Please do not let Obama sign senior death warrants
Everybody that is on this mailing list is either a senior citizen, is getting close or knows somebody that is.
Most of you know by now that the Senate version (at least) of the "stimulus" bill includes provisions for extensive rationing of health care for senior citizens. The author of this part of the bill, former senator and tax evader, Tom Daschle was credited today by Bloomberg with the following statement:
Bloomberg: Daschle says "health-care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them."
If this does not sufficiently raise your ire, just remember that Senators and Congressmen have their own healthcare plan that is first dollar or very low
Please use the power of the Internet to get this message out. Talk it up at the grassroots level.... We have an election coming up in one year and nine months. We have the ability to address and reverse the dangerous direction the Obama administration and it allies have begun and in the interim, we can make their lives miserable. Lets do it! If you disagree, don't do anything.
Origins: Whenever the subject of health care reform is taken up in the U.S., a common argument expressed in opposition is that increased government involvement in the health care system will inevitably result in a significant rationing of services, with senior citizens being the group most adversely affected by such rationing. The
The death of actress Natasha Richardson from a head injury sustained in a skiing accident on Mont Tremblant in Quebec in March 2009 was quickly seized upon by many critics as an example of the perils of "socialized
About four hours elapsed between Richardson's accident and her admission to a hospital, but that delay was due to the actress' having initially declined to be transported elsewhere for medical treatment when paramedics first tended to her at the ski resort. Only after a second emergency call was placed over two hours later and medics had worked on her for additional half hour was Richardson ready to be transported to a hospital, a facility which was a
It is possible that if Richardson had been immediately delivered to the second hospital by a medevac helicopter, she might have survived her injury, but that is a matter of speculation. And while it is true that a helicopter medevac service was not available in the particular area of Quebec where her accident occurred, it is not true (as some have inferred) that all of Canada lacks access to such medevac services.
Although the health care initiative proposed by President Obama (commonly dubbed "ObamaCare") is often characterized as the adoption of a medical system identical to that used in Canada and/or the UK, that characterization is not accurate. The President's plan calls for providing Americans with the option of government health insurance (which will compete with private insurance plans), not for replacing the entire
We could find no documentation supporting the claim that Britain's National Health Service (NHS) absolutely denies all coverage of "heart repairs or stents or bypass" to patients over the age of 59. An NHS representative told us, in response to our query, that:
We never treat older patients any differently from younger patients. The NHS may have its problems but it is a myth that old people are not given adequate or equal care to younger persons.
This statement appears to based on a Bloomberg article cited within the
The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board [the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, or NICE], discussed in Daschle's book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.
Although the statement credited to Tom Daschle was included in a
The phrase that health care reform "will not be pain-free" is a direct quote from Daschle, she explained. She said the sentence beginning "Seniors should be more accepting" was her paraphrasing of an argument in Daschle's book in which he quotes David Mechanic, a health care policy expert at Rutgers University, saying, "more and more of what were once seen as social, behavioral, or normative aspects of every day life, or as a normal process of aging, are now framed in a medical
We think it's a stretch to summarize Daschle's position as saying that seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. Not treating wrinkles is one thing. Not treating, say, heart disease, is another.
Members of Congress (along with other all federal employees — everyone from the President to postal workers) are eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), which is not a single health care plan but rather a collection of many different private health insurance plans from which enrollees can choose. In general, the FEHBP offerings are similar to Medicare (with prescription drug coverage) but provide significantly better medical coverage and benefits than many Americans have:
Lawmakers also get special treatment at Washington's federal medical facilities and, for a few hundred dollars a month, access to their own pharmacy and doctors, nurses and medical technicians standing by in an office conveniently located between the House and Senate chambers.
Given their choices, lawmakers can tailor coverage in a way most Americans cannot. If a child has asthma, for instance, a federal employee might opt for coverage that costs a little more but has a bigger doctor network and lower office-visit fees.
Federal employees also enjoy a significant benefit denied the average American: There is no such thing as a preexisting condition, which keeps many sick people from obtaining insurance. Once hired, federal workers are eligible for coverage no matter their health, with no waiting period.
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