Annals of Government Medicine

Impeach President Romney?

Featured image Thought experiment: What would the media and the Left (but I repeat. . .) be saying if President Romney was rewriting Obamacare on his own executive authority, delaying the business mandate, etc.?  My guess is they’d be screaming for Romney’s impeachment. Turns out National Review‘s Charles Cooke was way ahead of me—well, at least a day ahead of me—with this same inquiry.  Only he fleshes it out in more detail: »

Oregon’s Obamacare Scandal: Fraud Charges?

Featured image John wrote here a few weeks ago about the fiasco of Oregon’s state-designed Obamacare exchange, and especially how his old college classmate, the current governor John Kitzhaber, walked out of a TV interview when pressed on the issue.  Maybe he walked out to avoid having to admit that the whole situation is worse than had been disclosed–that Oregon may in fact face federal fraud charges.  That’s the allegation reported today »

Pump It Up: An Update

Featured image Another update: my story last week about how the federal government funds penis pumps for elderly gentlemen brought this wonderful note: I teach high school government, and every single year during my unit on bureaucracy and health care policy I have my students use the following prompt as an in class discussion starter: “According to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare has spent more »

Annals of Government Medicine, With a Postscript on American Liberals

Featured image If you want your health care to be run like the post office, government medicine is for you. Otherwise, not so much. From the U.K., another in a long series of sad stories about government malfeasance, arising out of an inquest into the death of a four-year-old boy: A four-year-old boy who died on a “shambolic” hospital ward was so neglected that he resorted to sucking moisture out of wet »

Today’s #ObamacareFail: Another Day, Another Delay

Featured image At some point this is going to stop being news (like the latest alarmist global warming study): California extends payment deadline for Obamacare policies to Jan. 15 Amid deepening consumer frustration, California’s health exchange extended the payment deadline to Jan. 15 for insurance coverage starting Jan. 1 under the federal healthcare law. The state’s move late Saturday comes as many enrollees continue to report problems getting an invoice from their »

Today’s #ObamacareFail: Don’t Have Any Babies

Featured image Turns out the genius designers of the Obamacare website forgot to include a protocol for updating your coverage to reflect basic life changes like, for example, having a baby.  Maybe they figured after taking in Pajamaboy, no one would ever want to have kids again, or, equally likely given liberal ideology today, they think everyone will choose the contraception and abortion options from their menu.  From the AP: WASHINGTON (AP) »

Happy New Year: Another Obamacare Triumph In Sight

Featured image Remember how Obamacare was supposed to result in fewer wasteful visits to emergency rooms?  Yeah, yeah, I know: only a liberal wonk detached from reality—their natural habitat—could think that.  Well guess what?  Looks like it’s already failing.  From the New York Times today: Access to Health Care May Increase ER Visits, Study Suggests Supporters of President Obama’s health care law had predicted that expanding insurance coverage for the poor would »

Today’s #Obamacarefail

Featured image So the “Navigator” geniuses running Obamacare have been referring people in New York to call . . . a cupcake shop: Thanks to ObamaCare, New Yorkers can now get health insurance with rainbow sprinkles. In yet another bungle for the botched government insurance rollout, the state Health Department has mistakenly listed numerous non-health-related business as enrollment sites — including a Brooklyn cupcake shop that has been besieged by callers. “I »

The Obamacare Failure Rolls On

Featured image In today’s #Obamacarefail news, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius confessed that many employer-sponsored health care plans will also be terminated because of “nonconformity” with the new rules.  So it won’t be just the 5 percent of individual health insurance purchasers who may lose the health care plan they have, and Jay Carney will need to come up with a new bogus talking point.  Hmm: be interesting to see what happens if »

Annals of Government Medicine, Venezuela Edition

Featured image The Associated Press reports on the state of health care in socialist Venezuela: Doctors not allied with the government say many patients began dying from easily treatable illnesses when Venezuela’s downward economic slide accelerated after Chavez’s death from cancer in March. Doctors say it’s impossible to know how many have died, and the government doesn’t keep such numbers, just as it hasn’t published health statistics since 2010. Almost everything needed »

Government Medicine Is Politicized Medicine

Featured image News coverage of the rollout of the Obamacare exchanges was dominated by technical issues that were embarrassing to the administration. As Steve wrote this morning, these are not mere glitches but reflect the hubris inherent in the idea that government can effectively run something as vast and diverse as America’s health care system. But there is, in my view, an even more fundamental objection to government control over health care: »

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image In his press conference the other day, President Obama spoke disapprovingly of the government intruding between a woman and her doctor. This was trademark Obama hypocrisy, since under Obamacare, the government will be involved in virtually every health care decision, with the possible exception of abortion. If that counts as health care. Fortunately (for us, not them) the British system serves as a warning about the realities of government medicine. »

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image For a surprisingly long time, the British were proud of their system of socialized medicine, apparently because it was considered egalitarian. Now, however, a series of scandals in the National Health Service has focused attention on how low-quality government medicine is. The National Health Service has been rocked by one report after another of appallingly bad care, with many Britons demanding that NHS officials be criminally prosecuted. Personally, I don’t »

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image The Telegraph previews a report on an investigation into the Stafford Hospital scandal in the U.K.: The Sunday Telegraph understands that the report on Stafford hospital, where up to 1,200 people died needlessly in appalling conditions, will call for an overhaul of regulation to ensure poor managers are weeded out, and better training for nurses and healthcare assistants. The chairman, Robert Francis QC, is set to deliver a damning verdict »

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image A National Health Service hospital in Great Britain has paid claims by 38 patients or their families, and has apologized to all of them for the grossly negligent care it provided. The Telegraph headlines:”Hospital apologises to 38 families for appalling care that saw a patient starve to death.” An NHS hospital has apologised to 38 families after a patient starved to death and it left other dying people screaming in »

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image Socialized medicine seems to lead inexorably to the callous treatment of patients. That currently is the foremost complaint that Englishmen have about their National Health Service. It is very much as though your loved ones were being cared for by postal workers. One thing about the NHS, however: it distributes its lousy health care in egalitarian fashion. It isn’t just the poor who are ignored and left to die miserably, »

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image The Daily Mail reports on a worthy addition to our annals series: Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial “death pathways.” Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults. But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young »