Some Thoughts on ObamaCare
On July 7, 2010, Barack Obama appointed Dr. Donald Berwick to serve as the Administrator of CMS through a recess appointment. Eighteen months later, Berwick resigned for political reasons in view of the upcoming presidential election. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Berwick]
In a speech to British physicians July 1, 2008, titled “A Transatlantic Review of the NHS at 60,” Berwick opened with these remarks:
“Let me begin with thanks – twice. First, thanks for letting me work with you for almost 15 years; this has been one of the most satisfying journeys of my entire career. My colleagues in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement feel the same. Second, thanks for what the NHS does as an example for health care worldwide.
If you’re a cynic, you’ll want to go get a cup of tea about now. I am going to annoy you, because I am not a cynic. I am romantic about the NHS; I love it. All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at health care in my own country.”
Four years later in the NHS, look at these headlines:
“Investigator who uncovered Stafford deaths warns: the next NHS scandal will be missed.”
“, , , 400 and 1,200 “excess deaths” in three years, amid unacceptable failings in basic care, with decisions about who to treat left to receptionists, and patients left in soiled bedding.”
“Romanian nurses shocked by Britain’s care of the elderly.”
“Dr Peter Carter said nurses who had trained in Eastern Europe were “astonished” by the priority the NHS places on paperwork, and by the number of elderly patients admitted to hospitals suffering from bedsores – which had gone unnoticed either by their families or by staff in care homes.”
“James Paget, East Surrey, Romford, Morecambe Bay and of course Stafford Hospital are amongst the many NHS institutions where people have reported failings in care in recent years that are simply not worthy of a civilised country.”
“A fixation with business jargon and targets rather than basic morality has created a generation of nurses, social workers and carers almost incapable of stopping abuse, an expert overhauling their training has warned.”
“As scores of letters and emails from our readers have shown, GPs are increasingly prescribing older people a cocktail of drugs that they do not need.”
Then ask yourself: How long before these kinds of horrors are repeated under ObamaCare in the U.S.?
Oscar Wilde said, “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” We wanted better health care. We didn’t know how to get it. So we let the socialist/marxists leading the country give us ObamaCare. Wilde should have had a third alternative tragedy–getting the worst of all possible futures through deluded choices!