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Why Healthcare is a Right and How America Rations People To Death
By: Sarah JonesDec. 4th, 2011more from Sarah Jones
Wondering why Obama can’t get nominees confirmed who know what they’re doing and share your vision?
Or any vision at all based on reality? The Republicans, naturally. They block anyone with remote competence as they bet against our country in their game of chicken meant to win power back. It just might work, and that’s even more troubling.
In July of this year, Obama appointed Dr. Donald Berwick to run Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. On December 2 of the this year, he had to leave because Republicans would not confirm him.
Former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama, Donald Berwick, talked with Chris Hayes in an exclusive interview – his first since leaving the Obama administration after Republicans blocked his appointment. Courtesy of Up With Chris on MSNBC:
Republicans called this doctor a socialist for caring about patient care. Let that sink and and try not to realize that these are the alleged “Christians” among us saying this.
Republicans and Fox News quote Dr. Berwick as saying, “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care – the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.” Republicans are aghast at the idea of a government rationing care; they would much rather let the private sector decide who gets to live and die, ostensibly based on “fitness” (i.e., ability to pay after your insurance company rips you off aka; death panels for all but the upper class).
Dr. Berwick explains his point:
“My point is that someone, like your health insurance company, is going to limit what you can get. That’s the way it’s set up. The government, unlike many private health insurance plans, is working in the daylight. That’s a strength.”
See, Dr. Berwick is pointing out that government has a role to play in the lives of the people and the Republicans can’t stand that.
Before President Obama gave him a job, Dr. Berwick was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world, where his ideas for healthcare included:
No Needless Deaths
No Needless Pain or Suffering
No Helplessness in Those Served or Serving
No Unwanted Waiting
No One Left Out
Obviously he can’t be allowed to tout this kind of feel good socialism in this free country. Conservatives call Dr. Berwick “Obama’s rationing man.” Yes, because these ideas are the death panels of justice that we all fear; not the insurance company that took our $600.00 a month every month for ten years and then denied us coverage for an illness when we needed it because they could, in this great system of rationing based on your ability to pay and pay and pay.
Yes, Dr. Berwick can’t be confirmed… because we can’t have competence in American government. That might make the people believe in government again and we can’t have that. Also, we can’t have the Affordable Healthcare Act working for the people. They might like it and then they might like Obama. Must destroy!
They said Dr. Berwick’s ideas aren’t in line with most Americans. They cite a speech he made in which he said, “You could have protected the wealthy and the well, instead of recognizing that sick people tend to be poorer and that poor people tend to be sicker and that any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, MUST redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is, by definition, redistributional.”
Shhh! Apparently we are pretending that the poor are as healthy as the wealthy. Forget all that you know. We must punish the poor for eating the food that we shove down their throats and poison them with, and for the fact that they don’t have access to preventative care and probably aren’t playing a game of doubles at the club every Saturday.
See, here’s a part they left out:
“In the United States, we fund health care through hundreds of insurance companies. Any American doctor or hospital interacts with a zoo of payment streams. Administrative costs for that zoo approach 20% of our total health care bill, that’s at least three times as much as in England, maybe more.
In the United States, these hundreds of insurance companies have a strong interest in not selling health insurance to people who are likely to need health care. Our insurance companies try to predict who will need care, and then to find ways to exclude them from coverage through underwriting and selective marketing. That increases their profits. Here, you know that that is not just crazy; it is immoral.
So, you could have had a simpler, less ambitious, less troubled plan than the NHS. You could have had the American plan. You could have been spending 17% of your GDP to make health care unaffordable as a human right instead of spending 9% and guaranteeing it as a human right.”
That sounds decidedly more American and it sure strikes a moral chord. Now you see why this doctor must not be confirmed. We can’t have moralists running around in charge of Medicare and Medicaid who think poor people deserve healthcare. You see, engineering social change from the Dictatorship of the Executive Office is only okay when Republicans do it, because naturally they are always on moral high ground and hence, with God’s divine blessing, can not be questioned. But when the people elected President Obama, what they really wanted and needed was President Palin and that is what this congress is here to try to create for you bu stopping every single thing President Obama tries to do.
You don’t know what’s best for you. But the Republican Party does.
Don’t say the Republicans aren’t doing anything for you; they are doing everything they can to keep healthcare in the crapper in order to save us all from socialism and the stinky need of the 99%. You must really get to the voting booth in 2012, because you see, if Republicans win they will repeal this and allow insurance companies once again to be your Death Panel. And won’t that be better? After all, what says freedom better than paying for a service only to have it stolen from you when you try to cash in? USA!
This Doctor’s sins were working with Britain’s national health service to try to make it better and then commending their coverage of everyone. Jesus must be reeling in pain right now; giving coverage to everyone is good? Shouldn’t we be letting people die especially if they are broke? I mean, heck, kick the garbage to the curb, survival of the fittest people. That’s what American exceptionalism looks like and if you don’t like it, well, God loves the rich. Off with your head!
Where are the free markets, Don? HUH? No wonder Republicans had to get rid of this nut job socialist. Who wants government having anything to do with things like healthcare that shouldn’t involve the profit motive?
Profit is king! Privatize everything! Greed is God! And God is your divinely ordained Republican King. If you don’t believe me, see Wisconsin.
Dr. Berwick points out that the affordable healthcare law is about coverage for all of us, security in having health insurance, and keeping insurance companies from denying us coverage. He says healthcare is a right. GASP.
That can’t be.
Dr. Berwick says better quality is associated with lower costs. He says we need to speak out from the moral high ground of what it means to be a country where you get healthcare no matter who you are or how much money you have or what color your skin care is. And with the affordable healthcare law, all of our care gets better – even those of us with health insurance.
Don points out that as a country we have rationed people.
No wonder they had to keep him out of office.
Thanks, Republicans, because the one thing we needed y’all to be doing is trying to kill us after you raised our taxes and spit on every single jobs bill proposed. Thank goodness y’all ruined our credit rating already, or we’d be worried about where we are heading but it seems we underestimated you boys! Even from the minority you can ruin America and ain’t that something to be proud of?