March 11, 2010
Obama's doctor cousin blasts ObamacareTopics: Political News and commentaries, Pro-Life
Make this your must-read of the day. It's Barack's cousin, Dr. Milton R. Wolf, a radiologist in Kansas, doing one of the best jobs at savaging Obamacare that I've seen so far. He nails Obamacare for the train wreck on our lives that it indeed is and aptly points out that now that the new era of big-government takeovers has spread to our health care system, it's not just our freedoms or our wallets that are at stake. It's our lives:
[...] Obamacare proponents would have us believe that we will add 30 million patients to the system without adding providers, we will see no decline in the quality of care for the millions of Americans currently happy with the system, and -if you act now!- we will save money in the process. But why stop there? Why not promise it will no longer rain on weekends and every day will be a great hair day?Take the time to read this piece in its entirety.
America has the finest health care delivery system in the world. Let's not forget that and put it at risk in the name of reform. Desperate souls across the globe flock to our shores and cross our borders every day to seek our care. Why? Our system provides cures while the government-run systems from which they flee do not. Compare Europe's common cancer mortality rates to America's: breast cancer - 52 percent higher in Germany and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom; prostate cancer - a staggering 604 percent higher in the United Kingdom and 457 percent higher in Norway; colon cancer - 40 percent higher in the United Kingdom.
Look closer at the United Kingdom. Britain's higher cancer mortality rate results in 25,000 more cancer deaths per year compared to a similar population size in the United States. But because the U.S. population is roughly five times larger than the United Kingdom's, that would translate into 125,000 unnecessary American cancer deaths every year. This is more than all the mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, cousins and children in Topeka, Kan. And keep in mind, these numbers are for cancer alone. America also has better survival rates for other major killers, such as heart attacks and strokes. Whatever we do, let us not surrender the great gains we have made. First, do no harm. Lives are at stake.
Obamacare: Fixing price at any cost
The justification for Obamacare has been to control costs, but the problem is there is little in Obamacare that will do that. Instead, there are provisions that will ration care and artificially set price. This is a confusion of costs and price.
As one example, consider the implications of Obamacare's financial penalty aimed at your doctor if he seeks the expert care he has determined you need. If your doctor is in the top 10 percent of primary care physicians who refer patients to specialists most frequently - no matter how valid the reasons - he will face a 5 percent penalty on all their Medicare reimbursements for the entire year. This scheme is specifically designed to deny you the chance to see a specialist. Each year, the insidious nature of that arbitrary 10 percent rule will make things even worse as 100 percent of doctors try to stay off that list. Many doctors will try to avoid the sickest patients, and others will simply refuse to accept Medicare. Already, 42 percent of doctors have chosen that route, and it will get worse. Your mother's shiny government-issued Medicare health card is meaningless without doctors who will accept it.
Interestingly, Peter Ferrara's wrote a piece at the American Spectator last week that stressed essentially the same point that Obama's cousin is making, that Obamacare puts our lives at risk. It makes for an excellent companion piece to Dr. Wolf's.
As Peter Feraro summed up in his piece and Dr Milton Wolf helped spell out, the true reality of Barack Obama's farsical health care summit leaves us with a frightening take-home message. The Democrats have no clue what the Republicans are talking about on health care, no clue what the American people are talking about, no clue why growing majorities of us oppose what they are trying to do, no clue what they themselves are doing on health care - and worst of all no clue that they are putting our lives at risk.
Posted by Richard at March 11, 2010 11:16 AM
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