- To hear leftist talk they must believe conservatives don’t get sick , don’t die, don’t have families, have unlimited finances and therefor have no right to speak about health care
- Death by queuing
Michelle Malkin is one fearless writer willing to excoriate the left for their moral preening, advocacy of forced “largess” from others and overreaching government. She has posted a couple of health care related articles in recent days that, while providing sound retorts in general, also identify specific leftist claims about individual impacts of health care provisions before and during Obamacare as bogus. She also corrects the liberal narrative of the effects of more market oriented healthcare proposals. Excerpts from both of Malkin’s articles, the entirety of each highly recommended.
Millions of us who wanted our individual market health insurance plans left alone were branded selfish or liars for the past eight years. Our stories were stifled; our cancellation notices derided; our accounts of skyrocketing health insurance costs and diminished access to doctors mocked.
The partisan Beltway press shot down true stories of government-engineered pain and suffering, while hyping countless tall tales spun by the Obamacare Fable Factory.
I feel your pain. But please use your brain.
On Monday, (ed note:a week ago) late-night TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue about his newborn son. His baby was born with a congenital heart defect that required emergency open-heart surgery.
Millions of American parents, myself included, have walked in Kimmel’s shoes. We’ve experienced the terrifying roller coaster of emotions — panic, helplessness, anger, anxiety, relief, grief and unconditional love — that comes with raising chronically ill kids.
“Before 2014,” he claimed, “if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition, you were born with a pre-existing condition.”
This is false. If parents had health insurance, the child would have been covered under the parents’ policy whether or not the child had a health problem.
Kimmel continued: “And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition.”
The term “pre-existing condition” is used to describe uninsured chronically ill people who apply for insurance coverage, not for a child in need of immediate care. Moreover, in the U.S., virtually all hospitals are legally obligated to provide emergency treatment to every patient who urgently requires emergency medical care regardless of the patient’s insurance status. This would include a newborn with an urgent heart condition. This requirement does not apply only to patients who enter an emergency room. It applies to all patients who set foot on a hospital’s property.
Kimmel then dramatically asserted: “If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”
I repeat: It does not matter if you are rich are poor or if you are uninsured. If your baby is in the hospital, he or she will receive In the real world, Obamacare plans have severely curtailed the number of doctors and hospitals that customers can use. Command-and-control regulations on guaranteed issue, community rating and pre-existing conditions favored by Kimmel and company are driving up costs for everyone. Limited access to specialists and long waits have become the increasing norm — just like that other model of government-run health care, the Veterans Affairs system, where the despicable practice of “death by queuing” spiked under Obama. care no matter what.
We emphasize that that is the mindset, the trajectory and the economics of government “managed” (dictated) healthcare. They will decide who and what is treated. The underlying (double entendre intended) logic is relentless. Death panels rigid and arbitrary are incorporated. The “greatest good,” decided by panels of “experts” their calculations of cost benefits etc., will rule. Get in line for your government run healthcare.