From the Guardian:
Doctors are blaming financial pressures on the NHS for an increase in the number of patients who are not being treated within the 18 weeks that the government recommends.
New NHS performance data reveal that the number of people in England who are being forced to wait more than 18 weeks has risen by 26% in the last year, while the number who had to wait longer than six months has shot up by 43%…(emphasis added)
The government recommends that you be treated within 18 weeks. 18 weeks! That is four months. I know a man who was diagnosed with kidney cancer just a few weeks ago – a couple weeks from now he goes for his final consult, probably have surgery to remove it a couple weeks after that. Call it 10 or so weeks from start to finish. Over in socialized-medicine Britain, if they got to you in 18 weeks, they would consider that to be good performance.
And that is what Obama and the Democrats want to bring to America – government run health care, which means health care rationing. Because that is what this is – rationing on the sly. Rather than just bluntly tell people about it they just up the wait times…knowing that a certain percentage of people who need in-patient treatment will simply die, thus relieving the budget. This is where “death panels” come in, for real – people who decide whom to admit will be choosers of the slain, deciding who lives and who dies.
Government cannot provide health care. Not now, not ever. It simply isn’t possible. There isn’t enough money – let alone medical staff – to provide everyone with all the free care they desire at any given moment. Even with the best of intentions, the trick simply cannot be done. All you’ll do by putting government in charge is take yourself entirely out of the decision-making process. Sure, insurance companies are lousy in their own way, but you’ve got at least some leverage with them…you have none with government. With government, you just have to sit there and take it. There will always be a shortage of personnel and money for health care – choose what you want: a faceless, government bureaucrat who has been ordered to cut costs, or an insurance company afraid you’ll sue?
I’ll take the lousy insurance company…