The Nightmare ObamaCare Wants to Unleash Here

The Nightmare ObamaCare Wants to Unleash

January 19th, 2011

Susan Stamper Brown,
Another dreamer quietly joined the Obama administration last
summer without
Congressional approval
. Despite resolute promises that Obamacare would not
include rationing or result in a single-payer system, please give a hearty and
belated welcome to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director, Dr.
Donald Berwick.
Berwick’s unobtrusive entrance could not muffle his history of being a very
loud proponent of the troubled British National Healthcare System (NHS). During
the NHS’s 60th anniversary meeting in 2008, Berwick scorned America’s ho-hum,
less superior, lower quality, fragmented, capitalistic, supply-driven medical
system – and praised NHS’s socialized system saying,
“Excellent health care is by definition [wealth] redistribution,” and told NHS
leaders that “Britain chose well.”
An increasing number of NHS patients may not concur with Dr. Berwick’s
assessment. According to the UK Guardian, not long after Berwick’s
appointment last year, written complaints ranging from “neglect and
misdiagnosis” to a “distinct lack of care and compassion” from caregivers rose
13.4 percent.
Patient complaints along with various audits expose insufficiencies within
the NHS. On January 17, 2011, the UK Daily Mail told of an
investigation into 15 UK West Midlands hospitals that used “substandard”
maternity care including delivery delays, inadequate resuscitation attempts, and
failure to properly monitor patients that may have resulted in the unexplained
deaths of 21 babies.
A striking 2009 audit found many NHS health care managers prioritized cost
cutting over patient care and cited that “appalling standards of care” may have
attributed to the deaths of up to 1200 people at one hospital in
Mid-Staffordshire where poorly trained and overworked nurses turned off
equipment they didn’t know how to work and inexperienced doctors were left alone
with post-surgery patients while receptionists were tasked with triage
In order to meet an NHS-imposed four-hour waiting room limit, doctors left
blood-covered, seriously ill patients without pain medication to


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