Thursday, June 28, 2012

Why Life Expectancy Will Decline Under ObamaCare

Originally posted in December 2009.


I have consistently pointed out that ObamaCare will result, within two to three years of its implementation, in a decline in life expectancy in the United States.

This is chiefly because ObamaCare looks at healthcare from the macro-position of its proportion to total GDP, without allowing for individual choice.

Because the structure of ObamaCare will be decisions at the macro-level in a structure that will be co-opted by the politically connected parts of the health care industry, the connection between patient and individual care will continue to be cut.

It will have little to do with cutting costs since the connected healthcare providers will not see their costs cut, but this will mean even more drastic cuts for those providers that are not as connected. Thus, the scale of treatments and the quantity supplied of the scaled-back treatments will decline. This will ultimately result in earlier deaths.

Never mind the tragedy of less innovation and creativity in the healthcare sector, it will be much worse. Those who ever drove from north of NYC into the city on FDR drive (appropriately named) in the 1970's and 1980's had the opportunity to see the abandoned and destroyed buildings of the South Bronx and Harlem. They were destroyed because of a mad combination of rent controls and climbing property taxes. The property owners just abandoned the buildings. That is the type of destruction you will witness under ObamaCare in the health sector.

Maybe some in Congress are starting to get it. In today's WSJ Senator Tom Coburn writes:

I recently suggested that seniors will die sooner if Congress actually implements the Medicare cuts in the health-care bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. My colleagues who defend the bill—none of whom have practiced medicine—predictably dismissed my concern as a scare tactic. They are wrong. Every American, not just seniors, should know that the rationing provisions in the Reid bill will not only reduce their quality of life, but their life spans as well.

My 25 years as a practicing physician have shown me what happens when government attempts to practice medicine: Doctors respond to government coercion instead of patient cues, and patients die prematurely. Even if the public option is eliminated from the bill, these onerous rationing provisions will remain intact.

For instance, the Reid bill (in sections 3403 and 2021) explicitly empowers Medicare to deny treatment based on cost. An Independent Medicare Advisory Board created by the bill—composed of permanent, unelected and, therefore, unaccountable members—will greatly expand the rationing practices that already occur in the program. Medicare, for example, has limited cancer patients' access to Epogen, a costly but vital drug that stimulates red blood cell production. It has limited the use of virtual, and safer, colonoscopies due to cost concerns. And Medicare refuses medical claims at twice the rate of the largest private insurers.

Section 6301 of the Reid bill creates new comparative effectiveness research (CER) programs. CER panels have been used as rationing commissions in other countries such as the U.K., where 15,000 cancer patients die prematurely every year according to the National Cancer Intelligence Network. CER panels here could effectively dictate coverage options and ration care for plans that participate in the state insurance exchanges created by the bill.

It's not clear from his op-ed whether he understands that the free market is the solution but he sure understands that government meddling in patient choices will only cause less health treatment.

Bottom line: ObamaCare is about turning the bodies of the elderly and ill into the equivalent of the abandoned buildings that were part of Harlem and the South Bronx under that government meddling.

9 comments:

  1. I read about this back when Obama care first came out. Not only will many drugs not be given to us when they are needed, but one patient that I know of offered to pay for the drug herself and she was refused the drug and treatment. There is also a "death group" which the TV broadcasters won't talk about, but it is in place also in Obama care. We all need to stop this from ever coming live. You know who to vote for to stop it.

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  2. We moved to Mexico primarily for the low cost of living which includes low cost medical coverage. I had a colonoscopy for only $325 vs the US cost of $3,000 (varies). We can afford to pay our own way and can buy whatever drugs/procedures we need. Assisted living facilities are only $1,700/month. We also moved to Mexico to escape the personal mandate of Obamacare. The Supreme Court decision had no effect on us, as revolting as it was.

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  3. Access to health care varies across countries, groups and individuals, largely influenced by social and economic conditions as well as the health policies in place. Countries and jurisdictions have different policies and plans in relation to the personal and population based health care goals within their societies. Thanks.
    Regards,
    hcg 1234

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  4. Total load of Bull Sh**. I am getting tired of the constant barrage of outright lies concerning the Affordable Care Act.

    Since President Obama took office the Republican party along with the Teabaggers have spread every conceivable lie imaginable to hide the truth about the bill.

    The base fact remains that it was modeled after Mitt Romney's Healthcare Bill and it has in fact lowered the cost and increased accessibility to health care.

    Don't believe the Bull****.

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    1. we dont beleve the bull that is why obozo the clown has to go

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    2. yeah! don't believe the bs! I am sick of out right lies! No credibility with me.

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    3. Believe in the over all benifit with accountablity. you don't get that with a wishy washy Mit

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  5. Hell I don't know what to believe. Holy fucking shit balls.....

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