Dietetic technician Kelvin Gilkey has been a VA employee for 33 years. He recounted how PTSD-traumatized veterans in the mental health unit were served cockroaches on food trays on three different occasions last year.
Until now, the United States has had the highest survival rates in the world for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Cancer comparisons are the most useful because all Western countries keep careful records for this disease. For all types of cancers, European men have only a 47.3 percent five-year survival rate, compared to a 66.3 percent survival rate for American men. European women have only a 55.8 percent chance of being alive five years after being diagnosed with any type of cancer, compared to 62.9 percent of American women. -Ann Coulter
As a former Canadian, I have witnessed the evils of government-controlled healthcare. I saw the Canadian bureaucrats deny my father-in-law a drug needed to prevent him from bleeding to death after surgery. While they acknowledged he would die overnight without the drug, the government office that approved these expenses wouldn’t open until 9:00 am the next day. We begged the hospital to charge us directly but they said it was illegal because it wouldn’t be fair to people that couldn’t afford to buy it. I have made it my mission to stop this from ever happening in this great country that has warmly adopted me. -Jack Biltis
Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Socialism, Healthcare
In a country that prides itself on free healthcare, DIY dentistry is an almost Victorian notion of hardship. But poverty and inequality – and the increasing stigma attached to both – are blocking access to healthcare for the poorest people in the UK, and grim tales of a black economy are on the rise. “DIY dentistry is fairly common round here,” said Emma Richardson at the Star Project in Paisley, Renfrewshire.
Government, Incompetence, Oops, Socialism, Healthcare, Regulation
There is no anesthesia for elective surgery. Medical students quietly showed AP journalists around to avoid alerting government supporters, who bar reporters from recording images in public hospitals. Broken anesthesia machines and battered stainless-steel instrument tables, some held together with tape, filled one of five idled operating rooms. Foul odors and water from leaky pipes continue to seep into the rooms, doctors said.
Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber:
"Stupidity of the American Voter"
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” says the MIT economist who helped write Obamacare. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”
"Look, I wish ... we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have this law than not." -Jonathan Gruber
"We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it." -Nancy Pelosi
"But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn't true. And you shouldn't lie to people. And they just lied to people." -Barney Frank
Democrat, Liberal, Union, Incompetence, Obama, Oops, Socialism, Healthcare, Law, Jobs
President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America Terry O’Sullivan emphatically stated if Obamacare cannot be fixed it needs to be repealed Wednesday at an AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles. O’Sullivan warned health insurance plans for organized labor are “under siege” and it will be a “big fricken deal if our members lose our health insurance.” Despite White House opposition, the AFL-CIO passed the resolution calling Obamacare “highly disruptive” to union health plans.
Government, Fascism, Socialism, Healthcare, Regulation
When taxpayers provide only a finite number of acute care beds in public hospitals, a patient whose life has all but ended, but whose family insists on keeping her on life support, is occupying precious space that might otherwise house a patient whose best years are still ahead. -Adam Goldenberg, Slate
More than two-thirds of the public don't think the government can be trusted to run the nation's health care system successfully. ObamaCare is proving these skeptics right. The public might not agree on much these days, but one thing it overwhelmingly believes is that government is ill-equipped to manage one-sixth of the economy — 67% said so in the January IBD/TIPP poll.
Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Narrative, Oops, Socialism, Healthcare, Murder
As many as 1,165 people starved to death in NHS hospitals over the past four years fuelling claims nurses are too busy to feed their patients. The Department of Health branded the figures 'unacceptable' and said the number of unannounced inspections by the care watchdog will increase. In 2011, 43 patients starved to death and 291 died in a state of severe malnutrition, while the number of patients discharged from hospital suffering from malnutrition doubled to 5,558. Dianne Jeffrey, chairwoman of Malnutrition Task Force, condemned the statistics. She told The Sunday Express: 'Too many are paying the price with their lives while being deprived of the basic right to good nutrition, hydration and support.'
Still Waiting For Her $2,500 Obamacare "Cost Savings"...
My Obamacare Story:
Obama claimed that, by the end of the first term, his healthcare plan, would quote, “bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family.”
Liberal, Government, Narrative, Oops, Socialism, Healthcare
Poorer people have a harder time getting a doctor's appointment in Canada, a new study suggests - even though the country's universal health insurance pays doctors the same amount regardless of the type of patient they see. Researchers who called primary care practices pretending to be a bank employee or on welfare were 80 percent more likely to be offered an appointment when taking on the wealthier persona.
Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Obama, Financial, Oops, Socialism, Healthcare
Citing financial concerns, the Obama administration has begun quietly winding down one of the earliest programs created by the president's health care overhaul, a plan that helps people with medical problems who can't get private insurance.
Joe Biden's Healthcare Plan...
"We’ll make sure it’s not quality, we’ll make sure it’s only affordable."
Crime, Government, Incompetence, Socialism, Healthcare, Murder
LONDON — Shockingly bad care and inhumane treatment at a hospital in the Midlands led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths and stripped countless patients of their dignity and self-respect, according to a scathing report published on Wednesday.
Government interventions over the past four decades have yielded a cascade of perverse incentives, bureaucratic diktats, and economic pressures that together are forcing doctors to sacrifice their independent professional medical judgment, and their integrity. The consequence is clear: Many doctors from my generation are exiting the field. -Jeffrey A. Singer
Crime, Government, Incompetence, Character, Degeneracy, Scandal, Waste, Socialism, Healthcare, Ignorance, Murder
Families of patients who were mistreated at the hospital said that they hoped the report would prevent a repeat of what happened to them. “We don’t want other people suffering like our family did,” Christine Dalziel, whose 64-year-old husband, George, died after a bowel cancer operation at Stafford in 2007, told reporters. Though the operation was successful, Mr. Dalziel went for days without pain medication after his epidural was dislodged, she said, and was left in bed in soiled sheets and lost nearly 60 pounds before dying in the hospital. “His bones were sticking out of his back,” she said.
Crime, Government, Incompetence, Character, Degeneracy, Scandal, Waste, Socialism, Healthcare, Ignorance
"Elderly and vulnerable patients were left unwashed, unfed and without fluids. They were deprived of dignity and respect. Some patients had to relieve themselves in their beds when they were offered no help to get to the bathroom," said Francis. He said some patients were left in excrement-stained sheets and some who could not eat or drink without help did not receive it. Medicines were prescribed but not given. Many will find it difficult to believe that all this could occur in an NHS hospital," he said.
Liberal, Crime, Hate, Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Scandal, Socialism, Healthcare, Murder
She painted a picture of nurses who treated her husband with “coldness, resentment, indifference and even contempt” – echoing the words of the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week. Ms Clwyd said she had had “nightmares” about what happened, adding: “I really do feel he died from people who didn’t care.”... “Nobody, nobody should have to die in conditions like I saw my husband die in,” she said during a radio interview... “He didn’t have any clothes over him. He was half-covered by two very thin, inadequate sheets, his feet were sticking out of the bed at an angle," she told BBC Radio 4's World at One. “It was extremely cold and I tried to cover him with a towel. He was very distressed, totally aware of his situation. Although unable to speak because of the oxygen mask he let us know he was cold and that he wanted to come home.”
Democrat, Crime, Socialism, Healthcare, Theft
Columbia, SC (WLTX) – State Law Enforcement Division agents have arrested a man they say transferred thousands of confidential state Medicaid records to his personal email account... Lykes “served as an executive committeeman of the Lexington County Democratic Party.”
Christopher Lykes, 36, of Swansea is charged with five counts of medically indigent act confidentiality violation and one count of disclosure of confidential information.
"It is heartbreaking that the VA is treating sick and injured veterans in this degrading and negligent manner," declared CVA Executive Director Mark Lucas. "We should never open the news to find headlines of maggots in the wounds of American heroes."
Emergency room visits have been on the rise in Massachusetts since the passage of the 2006 health care law, much to the chagrin of supporters who projected that the opposite would happen as more people had insurance and were connected with primary care providers.
Obama, Brilliance, Socialism, Healthcare
President Obama's solicitor general, defending the national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn't like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.
2016 NPR Harvard Study
Obamacare Cost Increases
Percent of adults in the U.S. who say their health insurance benefits, co-pays and deductibles, and premiums have increased, decreased, or stayed about the same over the past two years.
Government, Incompetence, Socialism, Healthcare
More than half of all primary care physicians in Massachusetts are no longer accepting new patients, and the average waiting time to see specialists is lengthening, according to a new survey on patient health care access. "Massachusetts has made great strides in securing insurance coverage for its citizens," said the MMA's president, Dr. Alice Coombs, referring to the state's landmark 2006 universal health insurance law. "But insurance coverage doesn't equal access to care," she said.
Liberal, Demagoguery, Socialism, Healthcare
So apoplectic was the "Hardball" host that he told liberal guests Howard Fineman and Richard Wolffe that Ryan's Medicare reform pland "is going to kill half the people who watch this show"
Mr Otrupo's seven-year-old daughter, Yansaire, was suffering from leukaemia and the city’s hospitals had run out of cancer drugs. The deliveryman was hoping that the gods could succeed where the Socialist state had failed.
The 43-year-old is one of thousands of Venezuelans turning to black magic in a frantic attempt to treat their ailing loved ones amid growing shortages in the collapsing Left-wing country. -Jake Wallis Simons
ATLANTA -- Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.
Government, Incompetence, Waste, Socialism, Healthcare
The Wall Street Journal reports that Medicare pays too much for specialist services and too little for primary care—even though doctors themselves decide how the money should be divvied up. That drives up the cost of the program and intensifies the shortage of primary-care doctors needed to care for the 32 million people who will get health coverage over the next few years.
Britain has only one-fourth as many CT scanners per capita as the U.S., and one-third as many MRI scanners. The rate at which the British provide coronary-bypass surgery or angioplasty to heart patients is only one-fourth the U.S. rate, and hip replacements are only two-thirds the U.S. rate. The rate for treating kidney failure (dialysis or transplant) is five times higher in the U.S. for patients between the ages of 45 and 84, and nine times higher for patients 85 years or older.
Funny, Socialism, Healthcare
A 32-year-old took the needle into his hands when he tired of the wait at Sundsvall hospital in northern Sweden and sewed up the cut in his leg himself. The man was later reported to the police for his impromptu handiwork.
“On the free market, the consumer is ‘king or queen’ and the providers are always trying to make profits and gain customers by serving them well. But when government operates a service, the consumer is transmuted into a ‘pain-in-the-neck’, a ‘wasteful’ user-up of scarce social resources.” – Murray N. Rothbard
Government, Incompetence, Socialism, Healthcare, Communism
North Korea's health care system is in shambles, with doctors sometimes performing barbaric amputations without anesthesia and working by candlelight for payment in cigarettes, in hospitals lacking essential medicine, heat and power, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Thursday.
In his speech to Congress on the need to overhaul health care, President Obama asserted: More and more Americans pay their premiums, only to discover that
Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Government, Obama, Protest, Socialism, Healthcare, Regulation, Vandalism
The New Hampshire Republican Party headquarters has been vandalized by someone who apparently supports President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law. The state GOP says the message: “WWJD? Healthcare for Everyone” was found spray painted on the side of the building in Concord on Friday.
Democrat, Liberal, Funny, Brilliance, Socialism, Healthcare
Now — with Americans strongly supporting health insurance reform, with Congress reaching consensus on a plan, and with a president who ran and won on this specific promise of change — America is closer than ever to this century-deferred goal.
Evelina Gonzalez was supposed to undergo cancer surgery in July following chemotherapy but wound up shuttling from hospital to hospital in search of an available operating table. On the crest of her left breast, a mocha-colored tumor doubled in size and now bulges through her white spandex tank top. Gonzalez is on a list of 31 breast cancer patients waiting to have tumors removed at one of Venezuela's biggest medical facilities, Maracay's Central Hospital.
Liberal, Tax, Government, Oops, Economy, Socialism, Healthcare, Regulation
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is canceling his dream plan to create a single-payer health system in the state, he announced Wednesday... The problem is, of course, how to pay for it. Even while plans were moving forward for a 2017 launch of the single-payer system, to be called Green Mountain Care, Shumlin had held off on releasing a plan for how to pay for the system, waiting until his announcement Wednesday.
Tax hikes required to pay for the system would include a 11.5 percent payroll tax as well as an additional income tax ranging all the way up to 9.5 percent. Shumlin admitted that in the current climate, such a precipitous hike would be disastrous for Vermont’s economy.
No one intended for premium prices to skyrocket and for millions of people to lose their policies or for the majority of the American public to be unhappy with the program and its results, but that is what happened. -Kevin D. Williamson
Hospitals may be withholding food and drink from elderly patients so they die quicker to cut costs and save on bad spaces, leading doctors have warned.
Canada's health care system is, of course, fully socialized, which means it is a bureaucratic nightmare beset with shortages, outrageous wait times, and the impersonal disdain for individual patients that leftists euphemize as "universal care."
Many thanks go out to the French for your assistance at Yorktown.
One of the most readily apparent problems with the health care system in Cuba is the severe shortage of medicines, equipment, and other supplies.
Tired of long waits and inadequate care, Swedes increasingly purchase private health insurance policies to gain access to the care the state can't provide.
The dead rats falling from the kitchen ceiling of one of the nation's busiest veterans hospitals show the facility's pest control efforts are working.
A Canadian study released Wednesday found that many provinces in our neighbor to the North have seen patients fleeing the country and opting for medical treatment in the United States.
"The evidence indicates that rationing by waiting is often a facade for a system of personal privilege," says Nadeem Esmail, a senior fellow with the Fraser Institute.
We already see this in Canada, where cash-only clinics are beginning to spring up, and the United Kingdom, where a small but healthy private system exists side-by-side with the National Health Service, providing high-end, fee-for-service, private health care, with little or no waiting. -Jeffrey Singer