Rationing Health Care

I finally ran across an article advocating single-payer that openly admitted that there would be rationing. They’re absolutely right. They’re right as well when they say rationing takes place today. The important question is who decides what health care is worth what. If it’s the patient or those around them, that’s fine. The problem is when it’s a disinterested 3rd party that makes an irrevocable choice.

When Canadians need health care (in a timely fashion – instead of waiting for months) They come south of the border and can get it here. Tests and procedures that they may have to wait 6 months for there can be gotten in two days here.

Where will we go if we can’t get the health care we need and want in the US? Go south of OUR border into Mexico?

There’s another issue it brings up as well, and that is the “cost” of a human life. I would like to see that codified in any health care legislation … and in any OTHER legislation that’s supposed to be for our own good. Health standards, product safety, OSHA, and the like. It’s not uncommon to see “safety” legislation costing $50 million to save one life. If it’s your own life or that of someone you know, it’s hard to say that there is any price too high to pay for even just a few more months of life. When we’re all paying that price for someone else that we don’t know, that’s a different matter.

“Even if it’s just one life” is the battle cry, but that’s a totally untenable standard. Even when it gets to the courts, there is a saying: Hard cases make bad law. When you’re looking at the person face to face (or their grieving widow or parents or whoever) and have to say that it just would have cost too much to make that change that would have prevented that 1 in 100 thousand cases from happening to your loved one, it’s had to tell them – so sorry, but life has no guarantees.

Given unlimited funds, there aren’t many patients whose life can’t be extended by a few days, months, or even years. Where do we draw the line and, more importantly, who draws it? Something to think about.

The newest Climate Change bill

It appears the world is finally waking up. Will it be in time to save us a lot of money and grief? That I’m not so sure about. The House passed their bill today, adding a 300 page amendment at the last minute.

The Climate Change Climate Change The number of skeptics is swelling everywhere. By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL

The number of skeptics, far from shrinking, is swelling. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe now counts more than 700 scientists who disagree with the U.N. — 13 times the number who authored the U.N.’s 2007 climate summary for policymakers. Joanne Simpson, the world’s first woman to receive a Ph.D. in meteorology, expressed relief upon her retirement last year that she was finally free to speak “frankly” of her nonbelief. Dr. Kiminori Itoh, a Japanese environmental physical chemist who contributed to a U.N. climate report, dubs man-made warming “the worst scientific scandal in history.” Norway’s Ivar Giaever, Nobel Prize winner for physics, decries it as the “new religion.” A group of 54 noted physicists, led by Princeton’s Will Happer, is demanding the American Physical Society revise its position that the science is settled. (Both Nature and Science magazines have refused to run the physicists’ open letter.)The collapse of the “consensus” has been driven by reality. The inconvenient truth is that the earth’s temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of C02. Peer-reviewed research has debunked doomsday scenarios about the polar ice caps, hurricanes, malaria, extinctions, rising oceans. A global financial crisis has politicians taking a harder look at the science that would require them to hamstring their economies to rein in carbon.

I tried, I really tried to read the whole stinking bill and the amendment. In the less than 12 hours between its introduction and passage it would be absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to read, rearrange and understand the bill as finally voted on unless you are a photographic memory speed reader … and even then I don’t think you could have time to sort it all out and understand it.

This is a sad day for America and for the world in general. The religion of anthropogenic catastrophic gobal warming (excuse me, climate change or whatever term of the day is being used) has little more basis in fact than any other mythology of the present or past.