Posted by Thunder Pig on January 28, 2008
By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent
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.
£1.7 billion is spent treating diseases caused by smoking, such as lung cancer and emphysema
Fertility treatment and “social” abortions are also on the list of procedures that many doctors say should not be funded by the state.
The findings of a survey conducted by Doctor magazine sparked a fierce row last night, with the British Medical Association and campaign groups describing the recommendations from family and hospital doctors as “outrageous” and “disgraceful”.
About one in 10 hospitals already deny some surgery to obese patients and smokers, with restrictions most common in hospitals battling debt.
Source: Sweetness & Light
So much for Universal Health Care, eh? Lefties can’t help it with the Social Engineering Projects, can they? And with a Universal Health Care here, how long would it be before they try the same sort of thing here?
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Posted by Thunder Pig on January 24, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. House of Representatives, for the second time in recent months, failed Wednesday to override a presidential veto of a children’s insurance program.
The 260-152 vote to override President George Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program fell 15 votes shy of the needed two-thirds majority. Nineteen members did not vote.
Twice in 2007 Bush, backed by House Republicans, vetoed legislation to expand the popular health insurance for needy children by $35 billion. Critics said the expansion would have made middle-class children, whose parents could afford healthcare insurance on their own, eligible. Backers said the additional coverage was needed to protect more low-income children.
Congress eventually passed legislation that would extend SCHIP until March 31, 2009.
Bush said he was pleased that his veto remained in tact.
Related: Rollcall 22
Regional Representative Voting Positions:
Voting to sustain President Bush’s veto were Virginia Foxx (R NC-05) and Patrick McHenry (R NC-10)
Voting to overturn the Presidential veto was Heath Shuler (D NC-11)
This is another of the myriad of reasons that we need to elect a Republican to the right of McCain and Schmuckerbie to the White House this November.
Video: The Conservative Approach to Helping Uninsured Children
The SCHIP Veto
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Posted by Thunder Pig on October 19, 2007
Video Obtained From Heritage Foundation
. A Balanced Approach to Covering Kids
The current debate has focused almost exclusively on SCHIP–as though expanding SCHIP is the only way to expand health coverage for children. However, there are drawbacks to expanding SCHIP eligibility above the original income ceiling of 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). For certain family income levels, as many as 60 percent of new SCHIP enrollees would be children who already have private coverage. Also, expanding SCHIP does nothing to help modest-income families who currently have private insurance for their children (typically through their place of work) but who are likely to need assistance if they are to be unable to afford their children’s coverage in the future.
Members of Congress should widen the discussion to include other policy ideas that could easily bridge the divide. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) and other lawmakers recently started to design a balanced alternative.
Specifically, a reasonable compromise could be formed around three simple concepts:
Reauthorize SCHIP for eligible children. Congress should approve a straight reauthorization of the SCHIP program for uninsured children in families with incomes at or below 200 percent of the FPL. The legislation should include provisions to increase outreach to enroll eligible children who do not have private health insurance coverage. Congress should allow for reasonable accommodation for those states that have previously obtained waivers from the Administration to increase the income eligibility.
Enact a child health care tax credit. For families with incomes between 200 percent and 300 percent of the FPL (the core population targeted by supporters of the SCHIP expansion), Congress should provide assistance to help them purchase private health insurance or retain the private coverage they currently have. Congress should permit these families to claim a $1,200 tax credit that could be used to enroll their children in dependent coverage through an employer or the individual market. This credit would take two forms: a non-refundable tax credit for taxpaying families, and a refundable tax credit (in effect, a voucher) for families that do not pay enough in taxes to secure a credit. The credits would be paid for in two budget-neutral ways.
The non-refundable tax credit could be paid for by capping the current tax exclusion for employer-provided insurance (a change long supported by economists, both liberal and conservative) for upper income families. This could take the form of limiting the tax-free amount to the cost of an average plan (just over $12,000 for family coverage) for those earning above, say, $150,000. All revenue generated by this reform of the tax exclusion would be used for tax relief for taxpaying families in the 200-300 percent of FPL range.
Under the federal budget process, the refundable part of the credit is considered a federal expenditure and should be fully offset by cutting wasteful or unnecessary spending such as corporate welfare.
Adopt a “federalism” health care initiative. Legislation introduced by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and George Voinovich (R-OH) in the Senate and by Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Tom Price (R-GA) in the House would encourage greater experimentation at the state level to expand coverage, which complements both the reauthorization of SCHIP and the tax relief for working families. Already enjoying broad support in both parties, this element would provide states with even stronger incentives and flexibility to find more efficient ways of using existing federal and state funds to increase insurance coverage.
Source Article: The Heritage Foundation
Another thing to consider is the progressive goal of Universal Health Care…and they know that it will not be swallowed whole by the American people, so the route chosen is incrementalism.
The SCHIP bill that the President vetoed covered children up to 25 Years of Age. If that is so…why not change the voting laws to reflect that? Why not change the Drinking Laws to reflect that? Why not keep our brave men and women from joining the military until they are over 25?
That is just one of the many ridiculous things involved in this bill that would have us march ever so closer to Universal
Slavery Health Care. The government already has too much power over our lives and our decisions.
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Posted by Thunder Pig on August 21, 2007
This is a story that reminds us that Socialist (Universal) Health Care ain’t what it’s bragged as…just like Cuba’s dismal system:
A young mother had to deliver her own baby in the lavatory of a flagship hospital because there were no trained midwives available. Surveyor Catherine Brown had made the agonising decision to undergo a chemically-induced abortion after being told her 18-week pregnancy was risking her life. But when the time came to give birth she was on an ear, nose and throat ward and had only her mother to help her through the ordeal. Her premature son Edward died in her arms minutes later. The traumatised mother-of-one said: “I just howled and howled. I remember sitting there looking at him…
Source: UK Daily Mail
Hat Tip: Free Republic
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Posted by Thunder Pig on June 30, 2007
Or, How I Quit Worrying and Learned to Love Universal
One of the favorite things by Lefties is to try to present Cuban Health care as a “Model System” for the rest of the world. They usually get away with it because Cuba has become a Hell Hole under Communist Dictator Fidel Castro, that no one in their right mind goes there anymore.
The Cuban Government issues every tourist a “minder” while they are there, and interaction with the oppressed is severely limited. Nevertheless, word does get out, and so do photographs of the appalling conditions on the once tropical paradise.
Gateway Pundit has some of the photos, and exile Babalu has already debunked the Myth of the Cuban Health Care System.
And, who can forget about the Invisible Ones, who have been locked away by Lefty Fidel Castro for Reporting Truth. I guess Cuba has been under The Fairness Doctrine for many decades now, hmmm?
I hope our next President has the cojones to Liberate the Cuban People. It is within our power, and should be done.
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