Skip to comments.Obama Officials Says Americans Use Too Much Health Care
Posted on 04/27/2009 8:26:48 AM PDT by richardb72
If you got health insurance, then you can keep it . . . and we wont do anything about that, at least that was what President Obama promised during the campaign last year. Well, add that to a very long list of broken campaign promises, including: cutting government spending, reducing the deficit, and no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.
Just as bad, on Friday it was revealed that Obama and the Democrats have no problem pushing through Senate votes on these radical health care changes that strip away normal procedural protections for those who oppose such changes.
Last Sunday on Meet the Press, Larry Summers, Obamas chief economic adviser, let the cat out of the bag on health care. In explaining why universal health care wasnt going to increase the deficit, Summers said that people are just getting too much unnecessary care. Summers claimed: whether its tonsillectomies or hysterectomies . . . procedures are done three times as frequently [in some parts of the country than others] and theres no benefit in terms of the health of the population. And by doing the right kind of cost-effectiveness, by making the right kinds of investments and protection, some experts that we estimate that we could take as much as $700 billion a year out of our health care system.
This sure seems like rationing. . . . .
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I’d agree with this... if it was only applied to people who pay nothing for their healthcare and abuse what is given to them by the taxpayer.
Thanks to the democrat trial lawyers, many tests are just done to cya.
Absolutely. I’m looking at you John Edwards.
BTW, what’s the cost of a paternity test?
that would be the illegals and the low lives that walk into and E.R. and demand service. OH, after an E.R. doc does a complete OB test because the patient complained of stumac pains and he informes her she is not pregaunt, she says “Well good” Dr. says, “Well why did not you take a home pregnancy test?” Patient, “Well it is free here”
To spend on deadbeats. Typical liberal tripe.
Define “Right Kind”? ALso, Right kind in who’s opinion? Surely not yours, you insipid moron.
Here we go... hang on !
Not to worry....UHC will see to this.
Just damn. He’s TRYING to lose independents.
I basically agree too. So the last thing we need is a government entitlement or mandate to use even more.
Nice. Who didn’t see this coming?
The rationing of services begins now.
If they REALLY wanted to address unnecessary costly services, they would prohibit illegal immigration and crack down on people who go to hospital emergency rooms for basic (non-emergency) services and never pay.
Not a one of these pukes is a doctor. They are all lawyers and they’re looking at disease and aging like they might look at tort reform.
The 0bama voters?
Obama Officials Says Americans Use Too Much Health Care
How much free (taxpayer funded) health care do illegal immigrants use?
Well, there you go. We're just not being group-think-y enough for 'em.
How dare you think of your own health, instead of "the health of the population"!
He sounds like a marvelous doctor. I wonder if he's taking on new patients....oh wait...
Yes. I think they believed he was going to make it all appear out of thin air.
Rationed healthcare for you, but NOT for the More-Equalz-Democrat-Pigz in charge.
THEY are just too important, and too vital, to have THIER healthcare rationed.
FASCISM-It’s what they voted for...
Socialized Medicine == Rationed Medicine
“Nice. Who didnt see this coming?”
I just got an email from a blind chipmunk.
He said “told you so”.
You have to give it to Obama, his is a rational approach. < /sarc >
Your access to healthcare will be rationed.
Joycelyn Elders also said that too much money is spent on extending the life of old people “who are just gonna die anyway”.
The big government that provides for your daily existence/survival is also big enough to take it all away.
Now, here is your homework. What other countries already do that?? What country is his unmistakable model??
It sure does.
This is a created crises. The Clintons wanted a fascist take over of the health care industry, so they sent out their trial lawyers to destroy it. Now, people cannot afford it because of litigation costs.
There is no health care crises. There's a manufactured legal crises.
Instead of a government take over, we need a cleaning up of the legal system. That way, Americans can still be have their liberty, and our health care system could go back to being the great system it was before the power hungry politicians got involved.
The left wants to take over heath care because the grasshoppers have out numbered the ants (which is why they're trying to take over banks, car companies, manufacturing through environmental litigation, etc.). They need more money for Medicaid and Medicare, but they'll lose elections if they just take it. Instead, they'll "share" the costs across the board. Those who can pay will still pay, and those who can't won't, but all will get equal, substandard Medicare type heath care. The taxpayers will be voluntary slaves once again "for the sake of the collective."
Soon you won’t be allowed to pay cash for health care.
You know, ‘cause it’s not fair.
Good thing I know doctors. I can trade favors.
theres no benefit in terms of the health of the population.
You old far*& are just living too da&* long!!!Screwing up Our Magnificent Plans for an American Utopia.
When ever the right tried to speak up and save the life of an unborn child (an innocent person), we heard the left say "We have the right to our own bodies. Government should stay out of our uterus's!"
Now, the government wants total, absolute control over every organ in everyone elses body - and the left is all for it.
It's not about the right to their bodies, obviously. It's about being pro-death. Next they'll go after the elderly as "useless eaters", and government control could actually mandate it. It's all about the lefts lust for innocent blood. It has nothing to do with liberty.
Oh god... Obama's minions have NO freakin' clue what is going to happen when Health care is cheap or free...
Yes. Left wing politicians are totalitarians, i.e., total control freaks -- but they're losing that control. The democrat base have been found WANTING, and wanting, and wanting......
Today, the grasshoppers have out numbered the ants. Without grasshoppers, the socialists lose elections. The grasshoppers must be fed, so the democrats are going to take over every American business they can while they can, because an obvious tax increase is out of the question. The tax slaves will rebel. If they can take total control of Americas financial, health, food, and manufacturing systems, the can take all they want and no one could stop them. Everything would be equally shared ...... except the labor.
Yes, on many tests, referrals, etc. I am not one to go to the doctor for much of anything other than routine exams (luckily pretty healthy!), but saw one in February for a minor infection in my finger. Got some antibiotics. He was ready to do an Xray, do blood tests, send me to orthopedic specialist, etc., if I wanted to have it checked further. Many people would have taken up on the referrals.
Homosexuals will receive full, unrestricted care for AIDS. To pay for that, families with 2 children will not be covered for a third.
Abortions will be fully funded. To pay for that, they will cut abstinence education spending.
Illegal aliens with Mexican Flu will be fully covered. To pay for that, they will cut flu shots for the elderly.
Summers is correct. Too many people run to the doctor at the first sniffle because the cost of the visit is either free (at least to the patient) or a nominal co-pay. Back in the 60’s and 70’s many health insurance plans required the patient to pay the entire bill at the point of service and then seek reimbursment from the insurance compnay and as a result, many people did not seek medical treatment for the common cold or a headache.
And will be promptly booted from power as soon as the American people return to the voting booth.
We're paying for it. We should be able to buy any kind of service we want. Who is she to tell us what we can and cannot buy with our own wages?
Of course, the dependent grasshoppers have become too expensive for the lefts politicians to support, so they're going to steal everyone elses freedom to make sure the democrat base gets their monthly serving of government slop.
#*#%$#**** MORONS!!! Tonsillectomies are not done only because of a sore throat and even then, who wants to live with a constant sore throat? Also they often are strep infections that have to constantly be treated with antibiotics. Then the antibiotics don’t work any longer. I know, it happened to me and at the age of 18 I finally had them removed, never a problem again.
He feared trial lawyer litigation. If he hadn't done that and your finger got worse, he could have been facing a lawsuit worth millions
When the left decides it wants to take something over, it destroyes what we have in existance first, so they can rebuild it in their own image. This is what we've seen in the schools, health care, housing, etc.
You have to give it to Obama, his is a rational approach. < /sarc >
Your access to healthcare will be rationed
ONLY if you accept it which many here seem resigned to the fact that the government controls every aspect of their lives and they have to accept it. The defeatist attitude here is very discouraging at times. I find Socialized, rationed health care TOTALLY unacceptable and I say HELL NO!
Easy for a Kenyan to say.
Good thing I don't have a dirty mind, LOL!
Heck, in my case the doctor forces me to come in at least once a year, he threatens to cut off my meds if I don't. Other than that, I've got to be at death's door before I go to the doctor.
Obama will force everyone into this as the private companies won't be able to compete and will eventually go out of business because people won't be able to pay the increased premiums they will have to charge.
Ireland was debating “involuntary euthanasia” last week.