This might be HillaryCare’s campaign mantra. But Brits know the state can’t run markets and has to artificially rations health care, so deliberately killing people.
Clinton’s other policy errors are probably self-correcting – if she raises taxes, the economy will tank, and if she retreats from Iraq, AQ will take another crack at NYC and Washington – in both cases she’ll smartly change policy.
But the Brit experience shows socialized health care, once installed, is hard to remove – the Brit NHS was introduced 60 years ago, and in spite of many inadequacies is still deeply entrenched.
That’s because it provides more power and money to state healthcare suppliers than they’d get in a free market.
Every US doctor I’ve used has been totally focused on my welfare, compared with about half those I’d used in the UK state system.
The cause is despotism – a Brit state doctor has a job for life, no financial connection with the people he serves, and is well paid (my ellipsis):
The average GP (family doctor) earned more than £110,000 (over $210,000)…
Hence this report:
Doctors are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives.
Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone.
Fertility treatment and “social” abortions are also on the list of procedures that many doctors say should not be funded by the state.
About one in 10 hospitals already deny some surgery to obese patients and smokers, with restrictions most common in hospitals battling debt.
This isn’t official Brit state policy, but you can bet these opinions influence clinical decisions.
These doctors are being illogical but not irrational.
Logically, if you don’t operate on fat people, you should deny treatment to homosexuals with AIDS, perform no abortions, and leave drunk drivers to die by the side of the road.
Rationally however, homosexuals have good political cover, abortion is state dogma, and obvious cruelty might cause the populace to rise up.
So they go for the weak targets – the old, the addicted, and the demonized.
That’s the worldview that produced the world’s biggest serial killer, the Brit state doctor who killed 250 of his patients, mostly old women.
The Brit system could be easily fixed by co-pays, as used in the rest of Europe, where healthcare consumers pay part of their bills, motivating doctors to treat them well (or at least not to kill them).
That simple fix hasn’t happened in the UK for the same reason the Soviet Union didn’t reform – the suppliers want to hang on to absolute power.
The Brit doctors’ opinions mirror these (my ellipsis):
The year 1939 was designated by the Nazis as the year of “the duty to be healthy.” (The) historical accounting of how the lives of children and elderly were decided is chilling.
It’s sad to see this malign philosophy reappearing just 60 years after the Nuremberg Trials.