They never call them death panels and liberals like to laugh at conservatives when they use the term, but read the quotes from a guy nominated for the Social Security board by President Obama and see if you think he seems to be in favor of government bureaucrats deciding whether it’s worth it to keep you alive.
His name is Henry Aaron:
“If Americans are serious about curbing medical costs, they’ll have to face up to a much tougher issue than merely cutting waste, says Brookings Institution economist Henry J. Aaron.
“They’ll have to do what the British have done: ration some types of costly medical care — which means turning away patients from proven treatments.”
He’s another one of those government geniuses who likes to use Europe as a model for what he thinks we should be doing here.
“Some medical services widely available in the United States are strictly rationed in Britain, Aaron and Schwartz report in their book, ‘The Painful Prescription.’ For example, British doctors order half as many X-rays per capita as their American counterparts, and use half as much film per X-ray. They do one-tenth as much coronary artery bypass surgery. British hospitals have one-sixth as many CAT scanners and less than one-fifth as many intensive care unit (ICU) beds….
“Half the patients with chronic kidney failure in Britain are left untreated — and die as a result….
“The key to the British system, they contend, lies not in regulation but in a different attitude toward medicine, mortality and the scarcity of resources.
“Unlike their American counterparts, who tend to believe in saving lives at all cost, British doctors define ‘what is best’ in terms of ‘what is available,’ Aaron said.
Yeah. Let’s see if we can get the government more involved in our healthcare so that we can be more like the British.