Sick Government

Governments on both sides of the Atlantic have sick Health Care Systems.

In the United Kingdom they are trying to cure their Health Care System by emulating the United States with it’s “market-based healthcare system”.

In 2009 the Tory MP Jeremy Hunt co-authored a book which called for the NHS to be dismantled and called it “no longer relevant“.

In 2012 David Cameron appointed Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary, meaning that the man who is now responsible for the NHS is a man who has called for it to be completely abolished.

12 things you should know about the Tory NHS “reforms”
Another Angry Voice – 19 Aug 2014

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.com.es/2014/08/12-things-tories-nhs.html

Dr Youssef El-Gingihy a GP tells the story of how the NHS has been gradually converted into a market-based healthcare system over the past 25 years.

How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps – Youssef El-Gingihy – 2015
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1785350455

A video blog claiming to expose Theresa May’s plans to “flog off” NHS property has been shared by those concerned a Tory election win could result in more of the health service being sold to private companies, developers and investors.

At the centre of the controversy is the Naylor Review – a 42-page independent report, published in March, that sets out recommendations on how the Government can fund NHS reforms by selling land it no longer needs and buildings that are expensive to maintain.

When asked how the Conservatives plan to pay for their promise of “the most ambitious programme on investment and buildings and technology the NHS has ever seen”, the Prime Minister told the BBC’s Andrew Neil: “We’re backing the proposals in the Naylor report.”

Naylor report: Are the Tories really planning to ‘flog off the NHS’?
Independent – Katie Forster – 1 June 2017

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/naylor-report-tory-nhs-privatisation-healthcare-flog-off-conservatives-theresa-may-election-2017-a7766326.html

In Washington they are struggling to keep their “market-based healthcare system” alive.

Despite President Trump’s ever-optimistic overtures that something ‘great’ will happen with the GOP healthcare reform bill, Senator Rand Paul is dropping some painful truth bombs this morning on Fox News, warning “I don’t think we’re getting anywhere with the bill we have.”

Rand Paul Warns The Healthcare Bill “Is Going Nowhere”
Zero Hedge – 2 Jul 2017

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-02/rand-paul-warns-healthcare-bill-going-nowhere

And in California they’re want to emulate the United Kingdom by adopting a “single-payer healthcare system”.

A proposal to adopt a single-payer healthcare system for California took an initial step forward Thursday when the state Senate approved a bare-bones bill that lacks a method for paying the $400-billion cost of the plan.

The proposal was made by legislators led by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) at the same time President Trump and Republican members of Congress are working to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act.

Single-payer healthcare plan advances in California Senate
Los Angeles Times – Patrick McGreevy – 1 June 2017

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-single-payer-healthcare-plan-advances-1496361965-htmlstory.html

So is any Government doing the right thing?

The UK Government policy seems like bad news for the nation because the American experience of “soaring healthcare premiums” and soaring “deductibles” implies many British inhabitants won’t be able to afford healthcare insurance and it’s associated deductibles.

We’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple of years talking about soaring healthcare premiums brought on by Obamacare.

The price increases have been outright crippling for those forced to buy policies on the exchanges, up well over 100% over the past 4 years, on average, with some states up over 200%.

But premiums aren’t the only part of health plans that have soared under Obamacare.

For those people who are lucky enough to actually be able to afford a plan, you simply bought yourself the opportunity to cover even more of your healthcare costs out of pocket as deductibles have also soared.

In fact, a new study from TransUnion Healthcare reveals that 2 out of 3 patients (68%) couldn’t afford to pay their hospital bills in full in 2016, up from 49% in 2014.

2 Out Of 3 Patients Can’t Afford Their Hospital Bills Thanks To Obamacare’s Soaring Deductibles – Zero Hedge – 27 June 2017
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-27/2-out-3-patients-cant-afford-their-hospital-bills-thanks-obamacares-soaring-deductib

Similarly, the US Government policy seems like bad news for the nation because soaring healthcare costs and unaffordable deductibles are said to be killing the consumer [in more ways than one].

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_total_health_expenditure_per_capita

And in California the unamused Democratic voters are [amusingly] discovering that their darling Democrats aren’t really “progressive” and that they too can look forward to more soaring healthcare premiums and even more unaffordable deductibles.

Cowardly Democrats Who Blocked Single Payer Call Protestors “BULLIES!”
The Jimmy Dore Show – 1 July 2017

However, in a very strange twist of fate, all these Governments might really be doing the right thing because it appears the more patients the medical profession help the more patients they actually help on their way.

Although the ACA passed in 2010, the full expansion of insurance coverage didn’t kick in until 2014.

So the relevant metric is to see what happened to (age-adjusted) mortality rates before and after 2014.

Lo and behold:

As the figure shows, if we control for the aging of the population, the mortality rate tends to fall over time. However, for whatever reason, after falling in 2014, the mortality jumped back up in 2015, erasing all the gains since 2013.

Did Obamacare Really Save Lives?
Zero Hedge – 30 June 2017

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-30/did-obamacare-really-save-lives

As they say now: You pays your money and have no choice.

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One Response to Sick Government

  1. CW says:

    People who make unhealthy choices are de facto wards of the state. Politicians willingly pay the associated costs in exchange for power. Those in bondage don’t care that they’re being farmed for their votes. In short, you can’t help corrupt cultures by making them healthier.

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