The Future Pathway of ObamaCare

ObamaCare of the Future Update: The British National Health Services “Pathway” Or the Liverpool Care Pathway: A “kinder” way to kill you quickly…

The new investigation will examine how hospitals have received tens of millions of pounds to implement the controversial system for care of the dying.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, spokesman for the campaign group Not Dead Yet, said: “It is very worrying that in any situation less than 100 per cent of families are being consulted before patients are being put on the Liverpool Care Pathway. It is a shock for families to find that out.

“In some situations doctors are prepared to do it without consulting families because they think they know what is best and questions arise as to why they think it is OK to do that. Families have the right to know why a loved one is being put on the LCP.”

Ministers yesterday ordered an independent inquiry into why hospitals have been paid to hit targets for numbers of patients dying on the Liverpool Care Pathway.

Hospitals incentive to kill you early…Hmmm…Sounds familiar somehow…. 😦

In England, it’s called the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). Here it is better known as the “death panel,” but the end result is the same. When you become so sick that the cost of your care is deemed burdensome to the state, you are consigned to the proverbial ice floe and set adrift.

And with Obamacare already at 3x the cost and it just really began this week and doesn’t kick into high gear for another year what does this foretell in a Nation that is already $16 Trillion in debt???

Shocking new figures released on Tuesday reveals that the situation in Britain is more grave (no pun intended) than anyone thought. The MailOnline reports that as many as 60,000 patients are placed on the LCP each year, a virtual death sentence, without giving their consent. A third of families, moreover, are kept in the dark when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment from loved ones.

And it gets worse than that: Some patients are denied nutrition and fluids, both measures designed to hasten their deaths, which typically occur within 29 hours.

Elspeth Chowdharay-Best of Alert, an anti-euthanasia group, is quoted as saying, “The Pathway is designed to finish people off double quick. It is a lethal pathway.”

Yet, not everyone shares that grim assessment. National Health Service Secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed that the LCP is a “fantastic step forward,” adding that “we need to be unabashed about that because it’s basically designed to bring hospice-style care to terminally-ill people in hospitals.”

Secretary Sebelius  and IPAB anyone… 🙂

Sarah Wootton, chief executive of the campaign group Dignity in Dying, said: “The NHS is clearly moving in the right direction. However, the report highlights there is a need for further training and education on end-of-life communication. As a society we need to appreciate that dying is not a failure of medical care and treatment, but dying badly is.”

But Secretary Hunt told LBC Radio that a few wrongful deaths shouldn’t be construed as an indictment on the system:

I would be very sad if as a result of something that is a big step forward going wrong in one or two cases we discredited the concept that we need to do a lot better to give people dignity in their final hours because it’s something we haven’t done well.

Lots of people don’t want to die with lots of tubes going in and out of their body — they actually want to die in a dignified way.

Hunt didn’t elaborate on how much dignity patients experience when their suffering goes untreated or they are denied food and water.

Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses are being placed on a “death pathway”, almost double the number just two years ago, the Royal College of Physicians has found.

It aims to give patients a ‘good death’ by avoiding unnecessary and burdensome medical intervention but there have been accusations it hastens death because it can involve the removal of artifical hydration and nutrition.

A report into palliative care in the NHS found that in one, unnamed hospital trust, half of families were not told that their loved one had been placed on the LCP and in a quarter of trusts, one in three families were not informed.

The Liverpool Care Pathway was intended for use in hospices but was given approval by the Department of Health in 2006 leading to widespread use in hospitals. Concerns about the pathway were raised first in The Daily Telegraph in 2009 when experts warned that in some cases patients have been put on the pathway only to recover when their families intervened, leading to questions over how people are judged to be in their “last hours and days”.

Daily Mail: Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’. Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults.

But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube
is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn
babies.

The decision to order an independent investigation follows deepening concern over the LCP, which is thought to be used in the deaths of 130,000 hospital patients each year.

Now project that onto a country 5 times larger and that gets to be be 2/3 of a million people.

On ‘bribe’ payments, first revealed by the Daily Mail, which have seen at least £30million given to hospitals that hit targets for numbers of patients who die on the pathway, Mr Lamb said: ‘We are doing an analysis to focus on the circumstances under which these payments have been made.

How the mail led the way

Welcome to the Future! 🙂

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Pelosi’s Last Stand

Political Cartoon by Eric Allie

The House, under Queen Pelosi, continues with it symbolic Lame Duck Poison and Show.

They passed the soak the rich “middle class tax cut” (which wasn’t actually a cut) TWICE but they failed miserably in the Senate.

But it made their base happy. Especially, since they are so mad at the Heresy committed by their God, Obama. Who, even he, called Republicans “terrorists” and “hostage takers”.

The rhetoric hasn’t changed.

Now comes Amnesty in the middle of the night.

Less than 24 hours after the House carved out a path to legalization for hundreds of thousands of foreign-born youngsters brought to this country illegally, their hopes of legal status are likely to be dashed in the Senate.

Democrats face an uphill climb to gather the 60 votes needed in a vote expected Thursday to advance the so-called Dream Act over opposition by most Republicans and a handful of their own members.

The House passed the legislation Wednesday night after Democratic leaders painstakingly lined up the votes to push it through.

You don’t want to be mean to kids who were brought here by their illegal parents now do you? You meanie!! 😦

YES

Ever heard of the Sins of the Father are visited upon the Sons? (or daughters)?

Their Parents are still illegal. They are still illegal.

And do you really think that if the Democrats get their foot in the door they won’t take your whole legs off and then go for the jugular?

Really?

NO.

But a lot of this is symbolic and just red meat to their base. See we kept our promises. Sure we waited until the very last minute when it was far too late to actually pass it into law but we tried. And you have to gives us props for the media show. You see we care…

That’s kind of like General Custer at Little Big Horn as he’s dying saying, yeah I lost But I won the battle of symbolism!!

Political Cartoon by Lisa Benson
Obama Wimps Out

I guess it’s time to have the government pay me for 3 years to not work and then there’s, Welfare and food stamps and mortgage assistance.

So as long as I have no self-respect I can live off all you suckers for 3 years and expecting the government to cut me off, heh, yeah that’s likely. 🙂

And besides, the Democrats think that unemployment stimulates the economy so wouldn’t I be doing the economy more good that all this 40-hour work week grind? 🙂

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Why are so many jobs going begging when so many Americans are begging for jobs? Because many don’t have to take them — thanks in part to 99 weeks and counting of unemployment benefits.

Add to that record food stamp payments and other welfare, and the unemployed have been perversely incentivized to keep holding out for better jobs, rather than take less-than-desirable or lower-paying ones. Until their benefits start running out, many long-term unemployed are in no rush to take another job. They can pass on offers requiring long commutes or relocation.

The latest job vacancy numbers bear this out.

At the end of October, there were 3.4 million job openings — a 12% increase from September and a 32% jump from a year earlier.

Since the recession’s end in July 2009, openings have soared 44%. This defies previous post-recession trends. Normally the job vacancy rate goes down after a recession, as the job market stabilizes. But millions of jobs are going unfilled now — especially in heavily unionized industries, such as manufacturing, education and health care.

Since President Obama’s stimulus extended federal jobless benefits, and bribed states to do the same, the median duration of unemployment has nearly tripled, hitting 26 weeks this summer.

Fully a third of full-time workers have been unemployed for 52 weeks or more, while 47% of jobless Americans have been out of work for at least 27 weeks — the highest since the government began keeping records in the 1940s.

Studies show extending jobless benefits — which now pay people 50% to 60% of their previous wage to stay home for two years — just ends up subsidizing more unemployment.

“When you subsidize something, you get more of it,” Cato Institute economist Alan Reynolds observes.

Bruce Meyer of the University of Chicago and Lawrence Katz of Harvard found that “a one-week increase in potential benefit duration increases the average duration of the unemployment spells by 0.16 to 0.20 weeks.”

This flies in the face of White House claims. In urging Congress to extend jobless benefits another 13 months, it argues they help stimulate the economy and that without them, the unemployment picture would darken.

About 2 million unemployed workers will run out of benefits this month if they’re not renewed. The White House figures 7 million will be affected if payments aren’t extended for a year.

If the administration gets its way, the so-called “99ers” will become 155ers and keep the nation’s high jobless rate artificially elevated. Studies show longer unemployment translates to higher unemployment. University of Chicago economist Robert Shimer estimates that generous jobless benefits alone account for as much as 1.5 points of our 9.8% jobless rate.

“The relatively small numbers of newly unemployed are added to stubbornly large numbers of those who lost their jobs more than six months ago,” says Reynolds.

Washington ought to learn from Sweden, one of the few European nations to lower unemployment. After suffering chronically high joblessness in the 1990s, it cut the duration for its generous jobless benefits — and watched as the jobless rate plunged.

If our own unemployment remains elevated, it’s because Democrats at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue insisted on extending unemployment and welfare benefits. (IBD)

Well, since the government wants to take my money I might as well get a return on the investment…
And after all, we work for them, don’t we… 🙂


 

Adverse Selection

The leftists are all in a tizzy. A tizzy of their own making mind you.

But they’ll never see it that way. Because it was done “for the children” and the Insufferably Morally Superior Left doesn’t care about reality in their fantasies and delusions of “fairness” and “equality” in their own minds.

It makes them “feel good”.

Here’s a little lesson the Left refuses to hear about reality:

People who buy insurance often have a better idea of the risks they face than do the sellers of insurance. People who know that they face large risks are more likely to buy insurance than people who face small risks. Insurance companies try to minimize the problem that only the people with big risks will buy their product, which is the problem of adverse selection, by trying to measure risk and to adjust prices they charge for this risk. Thus, life insurance companies require medical examinations and will refuse policies to people who have terminal illnesses, and automobile insurance companies charge much more to people with a conviction for drunk driving or if you get into an accident (or if your neighbors are idiots you’re going to pay more because of a more adverse selection–that’s why “my rates keep going up but I haven’t caused any accidents”).

It describes a situation where an individual’s demand for insurance (either the propensity to buy insurance, or the quantity purchased, or both) is positively correlated with the individual’s risk of loss (e.g. higher risks buy more insurance), and the insurer is unable to allow for this correlation in the price of insurance. This may be because of private information known only to the individual (information asymmetry), or because of regulations or social norms which prevent the insurer from using certain categories of known information to set prices (e.g. the insurer may be prohibited from using information such as gender or ethnic origin or genetic test results). The latter scenario is sometimes referred to as ‘regulatory adverse selection’.

And regulatory adverse selection is what we have in droves in the Insufferably Morally Superior Left Health Care Cramdown.

And the little superior moralists are shocked and applauded that the insurance industry would actually follow these principle laid out above and not just roll over and kiss their morally superior asses and do  “the right thing for the children” and as they are told like a good little doggie.

Health plans in at least four states have announced they’re dropping children’s coverage just days ahead of new rules created by the healthcare reform law, according to the liberal grassroots group Health Care for America Now (HCAN).

The new healthcare law forbids insurers from turning down children with pre-existing conditions starting Thursday, one of several reforms Democrats are eager to highlight this week as they try to build support for the law ahead of the mid-term elections. But news of insurers dropping their plans as a result of the new law has thrown a damper on that strategy and prompted fierce push-back from the administration’s allies at HCAN.

The announcement could lead to higher costs for some parents who are buying separate coverage for themselves and their children at lower cost than the family coverage that’s available to them.

“We’re just days away from a new era when insurance companies must stop denying coverage to kids just because they are sick, and now some of the biggest changed their minds and decided to refuse to sell child-only coverage,” HCAN Executive Director Ethan Rome said in a statement. “The latest announcement by the insurance companies that they won’t cover kids is immoral, and to blame their appalling behavior on the new law is patently dishonest.

“Instead, they should reverse their actions immediately and simply follow the law. If the insurance companies can casually turn their backs on sick children now, who will they abandon next? This offensive behavior by the insurance companies is yet another reminder of why the new law is so important and why the Republicans’ call for repeal is so misguided.”

Health plans and state insurance commissioners in July raised concerns that the new rules could lead some insurers to stop children-only coverage because families could wait until their children get sick to buy coverage.

Days later, the Obama administration issued regulations clarifying that insurers would still be able to establish enrollment periods in accordance with state law.

“To address concerns over adverse selection, issuers in the individual market may restrict enrollment of children under 19, whether in family or individual coverage, to specific open enrollment periods if allowed under state law,” the Department of Health and Human Services clarified.

The issue had largely dropped out of sight since then, but insurers including WellPoint and CoventryOne have announced in recent days that they’re dropping children’s coverage in California, Colorado, Ohio and Missouri, according to HCAN. (The Hill)

I guarantee this is only the beginning. Trust me.

But the Insufferably Morally Superior Left will just sit there and be “appalled” and kick and scream and whine and moan “they aren’t doing what we told them to do whaaaahh!!!”

Then go to their government buddies and pass more regulations to have their way.

I say a new term in a headline recently that fit, LAWFARE. Waging a war by lawsuits and REGFARE, waging war by regulation.

That’s the Insufferably Morally Superior Left in a nutshell.

As I said repeatedly and often during the Health Care debate, it’s about the government and leftists wanting total control of who lives and who dies and you dependent on them for everything. Period. End of Story.

They want private insurance gone. But private insurance is not going quietly.

That would be a moral hazard.

In insurance markets, moral hazard occurs when the behavior of the insured party changes in a way that raises costs for the insurer, since the insured party no longer bears the full costs of that behavior. Because individuals no longer bear the cost of medical services, they have an added incentive to ask for pricier and more elaborate medical service—which would otherwise not be necessary. In these instances, individuals have an incentive to over consume, simply because they no longer bear the full cost of medical services.

And does this not sound like ObamaCare to you?? 🙂

Political Cartoon by Chuck Asay