A Glimpse Of America’s Obamacare Future In Britain

A Glimpse Of America’s Future Health Care In Britain

It’s not so much that Barack Obama’s promises come with expiration dates as it is that he’ll say anything to get his way without the slightest care about whether what he’s saying is true or not. Never was this more true than when it came to health care reform, where he promised Obamacare would reduce costs, improve the quality of care, that you could keep your plan, your lawn would be mowed once a week, the government would pick up your kids from daycare, and there’d be a chicken in every pot and a steak on every plate — free of charge! Of course, the world doesn’t work that way and when a politician promises you everything you want without a trade off, it’s a good time to duck, grab your wallet, and start looking for a handy escape route.

The people of Britain could tell you all about that. They got sold a bill of goods on health care, just like us. The only difference is that Health Care Reform has been around for a long while in Britain, while it hasn’t even gotten started here in the US — and never will, God willing.

This is what Obamacare will lead to in the United States if it isn’t repealed,

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Some of the most common operations – including hip replacements and cataract surgery – will be rationed as part of attempts to save billions of pounds, despite government promises that front-line services would be protected. Patients’ groups have described the measures as “astonishingly brutal”.

An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered widespread cuts planned across the NHS, many of which have already been agreed by senior health service officials. They include:

* Restrictions on some of the most basic and common operations, including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and orthodontic procedures.

* Plans to cut hundreds of thousands of pounds from budgets for the terminally ill, with dying cancer patients to be told to manage their own symptoms if their condition worsens at evenings or weekends.

* The closure of nursing homes for the elderly.

* A reduction in acute hospital beds, including those for the mentally ill, with targets to discourage GPs from sending patients to hospitals and reduce the number of people using accident and emergency departments.

* Tighter rationing of NHS funding for IVF treatment, and for surgery for obesity.

* Thousands of job losses at NHS hospitals, including 500 staff to go at a trust where cancer patients recently suffered delays in diagnosis and treatment because of staff shortages.

* Cost-cutting programmes in paediatric and maternity services, care of the elderly and services that provide respite breaks to long-term carers.

The Sunday Telegraph found the details of hundreds of cuts buried in obscure appendices to lengthy policy and strategy documents published by trusts. In most cases, local communities appear to be unaware of the plans.

Rationing hip replacements and cataract surgery. Restricting knee replacements. Telling dying patients no one can help them at night and on the week-ends. Slashing staffs.

It’s no surprise, folks. The easiest and most effective way to cut health care costs to is deny people services. And once you’re locked into the system and can’t get out, what are you going to do? Vote the [email protected] out? It won’t help, because once the program is in place for a while, there’s no going back.

That’s what Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the rest of the Democrats in Congress have planned for yout future — but don’t worry, they know what’s best for you and this system, like it or not, is the one they’ve decided you’re going to live — and die — under.

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