The term “death panels” symbolically describes the government’s new role under Obamacare, to make treatment decisions based on costs, rather than need or insurance coverage; rationing life saving measures for individuals, especially in the sunset of their lives, when medical costs are at their peak.
Tens of thousands seeking medical care will be pushed aside by the government each year, as they are in other countries with single payer systems, because they are old and it will cost too much to prolong their lives for an indeterminate amount of time.
The reason that Obamacare will ultimately force rationing of healthcare services to millions of Americans, who have insurance today, is simple math. Under Obamacare, tens of millions of people, without insurance, will be added to the queue without increasing the capacity of the healthcare system we have in place today.
Without an increase in providers the system will break down. And with the government’s record for paying their bills late, or not paying them at all, who would want to be one of those medical providers when they grow up?
Even liberal columnist admits rationing must be used.
Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says the only way the U.S. will get its debt crisis under control is by the use of those “death panels” and a national sales or value added tax (VAT).
The National Health System in the United Kingdom already denies health care to the old and infirmed because of the prohibitive end of life costs. The NHS and other countries don’t refer to those making end of life decisions as ”Death Panels” either.
The soaring costs of the Canadian health-care model are forcing the provinces, like Ontario, to change or eliminate provisions in order to take control of the expenditures. The consequential Canadian restrictions should make every American wary of Obamacare taken to its extreme public option model.
Ontario says healthcare could eat up 70 percent of its budget in 12 years, if all these costs are left unchecked.
Countries, with single payer systems, have reduced the number of X-rays and MRI equipment because of the costs and people die waiting for treatment with undiagnosed health issues. This situation may not be death panels, per se, but the countries using this “no choice left to the patient,” one size fits all healthcare plan, watch people drop while waiting in line for their turn with these diagnostic tools.
Doctors drop out of the systems because smart people can always earn a living doing something else. Hospitals close – it’s a forced rationing in situ due to a reduction in the quantity and quality of caregivers, and the tools at their disposal.
Across the country, state lawmakers have taken harsh actions to try to rein in the budget-busting costs of the Medicaid health care program. Some states have cut payments to doctors, paid bills late and trimmed benefits such as insulin pumps, obesity surgery and hospice care.
Medicaid is the prelude to Obamacare and regardless of whether you call those decisions made by ”death panels” or healthcare rationing; the results will be the same!