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And A Few More Words About ObamaCare… by The Elephant's Child



The Sad Truth About ObamaCare. by The Elephant's Child

When you are all excited about single-payer, government-run health care, as Democrats have been, wouldn’t the normal, intelligent thing be to look at other countries that have experienced one of the longest-running versions of the liberal-socialist dream?

British citizens who smoke, drink, or tip the scales because they’ve eaten too many fish and chips could soon be denied medical treatment for lifestyle-related illnesses.  It’s a system the United States will be forced to implement under Obama Care. (emphasis added)

Great Britain’s government-run health care system, the National Health Service (NHS), has long considered limiting coverage for people with illnesses deemed to be lifestyle-related.  In 2005 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the NHS’s guiding body, advised that smokers and obese people be refused health care.  Now HHS North Yorkshire and York is preventing certain operations for the obese or smokers because they say unhealthy lifestyles lower their chance of success.

The chair of the Royal College of General practitioners, told UK reporters, ‘These policies are being introduced because of financial constraints.’

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued new regulations last July, for the newly mandated electronic health records—that all Americans are required to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Obama signed in 2009—must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index, a measure of obesity.

The law also requires that these electronic health records be available—with appropriate security measures—on a national exchange. The new regulations are one of the first steps towards the government’s goal of universal adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by 2014 as outlined in the 2009 economic stimulus law.

A person’s BMI score is used as a tool to screen for obesity or excessive body fat that could lead to other health problems. It does not measure body fat, and was never intended to be used as such a measure.

The regulations stipulate that electronic records be capable of sending public health data to state and federal health agencies such as HHS and CDC.

The Center for Disease Control calls American society “obesogenic”—meaning that American society itself promotes obesity.

I don’t believe that my health records are any of the federal government’s business.  I believe that these two stories are related.  Should ObamaCare not be repealed, the intrusion, the rationing, the denial of treatment will accelerate and multiply. They had to lie about the cost to get it passed. They took $500 billion out of Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals to help falsify the numbers.  The whole thing is a lie. It will not be free— it’s already driving costs up. It will not improve anyone’s health—it’s not intended to do that.  It is designed to redistribute the wealth—which won’t help anyone, and to make all Americans dependent on the Democrat party for their access to health care.

For Further Reading:

Cancer Patients told life-prolonging treatment is too expensive for NHS, The Scotsman

Patients dying because of NHS staff shortages, The Scotsman

NHS rationing is ‘necessary evil’ say doctors, The Scotsman

Elderly patients dying of thirst; Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water to keep the old alive, reveals devastating report on hospital care, Daily Mail

Mediscare: The Surprising Truth: ObamaCare already has seniors’ health care slated for draconian cuts. The Wall Street Journal

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