Skip to comments.Life Expectancy under the Affordable Care Act
Posted on 10/28/2013 2:45:54 AM PDT by markomalley
The main problem with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is that in order to extend healthcare to all citizens as a right the law undermines the fundamental free market basis (or what remains of it) of the entire U.S. medical system. Under PPACA, in every interaction between patients, doctors, insurers, manufacturers and researchers, the incentive to control costs and provide better service is replaced with the decree to do so. When the Affordable Care Act passed through Congress, Nancy Pelosi famously remarked that universal healthcare -- socialized medicine -- was becoming a reality "after 100 years of trying." It will be interesting to see therefore, whether the next 100 years of government-directed medical technology will compare favorably or otherwise with the dizzying advance of medicine during the last 100 years.
Today, ninety-five percent of the new drugs coming on the market are developed for sale in the United States. For years, according to a study in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, pharmaceutical companies in Western Europe have been introducing new medicines in the U.S. before introducing them in their home countries; typically by eighteen months. This is due to regulation of drug prices in Europe that makes recuperation of R&D costs (a very high 20% of revenues in the pharmaceutical industry) impossible there. Consumers in Canada and Western Europe enjoy a free ride, buying drugs at much lower prices and thereby not contributing to the R&D costs which we in America pay. Countries like China, Russia and India essentially ignore intellectual property rights altogether and develop "knock-off" drugs with no compensation to the developer whatsoever.
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My honest opinion is that they are NOT tracking something so innocuous as “Life Expectancy” as an indicator of good.
I believe that they have likely combined life expectancy and something else and come up with a new tracking indicator. Something along the lines of say dividing your expected tax contributory years by your life expectancy and coming up with a new ‘treatment quotient.’ It’s either that or using ‘Democrat Voter Years’ or the like.
Oh to have a time machine and go forward and bring back evidence that folks are dying in their 40’s. All the futurists have people living longer but I doubt they factored in ACA.
ACA will slow medical advances to less than 10% of the current rate, it will change the currently adequate level of service in the typical medical office to something between DMV and IRS, and it will delay expensive treatment to the point that patients die on the waiting list as an “unintended” method of controlling costs. Pelosi and Obama are pure evil, and they will celebrate those outcomes.
Pick any two.
Or ... none of the above.
Once the pharmaceutical industry is completely disenfranchised from developing costly new drugs and therapies, which country will take the lead in drug discovery, new delivery system technologies and bio-engineered products for consumption in the health care desert formally known as the United States?
This is why there are still numerous drug shortages today. Companies are eliminating product lines. Like Obammy said, take the pill, don’t have the procedure.
"Services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."
"Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely 'lipstick' cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change. Savings will require changing how doctors think about their patients. Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others."
Where have we heard these types of statements before? The Nazis proposed euthanizing the elderly, infirm and handicapped. Liberals who fawn over this guy might well agree to let them die by simply denying them care.
He does have the “Mengele” look in his eyes, doesn’t he?
His medical care plan (there is much more than you quoted) is a very cold and calculating formula about the worth of a life, as if humans were lab animals to be bred. Those not yet breedable or past their prime of breeding and working to pay taxes have “used” their allowable quota of society’s resources (in which he includes medical care)
He might as well be a “V”
The “emmanuels” are one cold bunch, aren’t they?
I think that a fundamental reason that we're enduring Obamacare is that is that Obama and the liberals saw that the poor and minorities don't live as long as "rich, white people"(as Reverend Wright calls them) -- and concluded that this is because they don't receive enough triple-bypass surgery and $100,000 chemotherapy treatments, not because they are more likely to smoke, use drugs, have unprotected sex with multiple partners, eat and drink excessively, and belong to street gangs.
The predictable result of Obamacare is going to be that "rich, white people" will continue to live longer than groups with poor health habits (although both groups will live longer, because the population's health habits will continue to improve).
(Note to Mr. Stopa: the miracle ulcer drug from the 1970s is spelled "Cimetidine", not "Cimetidin".)
I am REALLY worried about the healthy survival of academic medicine and the number of doctors who will actually be left in this country to see people if ACA remains in it's current form. Specialists in Neurology, for example, which treats many older people and the disabled will be drastically cut by ACA through the refusal to pay for EMGs which are so vital to diagnosing many neurological diseases. The few left in fields like that will be reserved for the governing elite. I expect other wealthy people to move out of the country or to go to other nations for treatment. I happen to know that many doctors are looking for a way to retire. They do not want to be imprisoned in a system where they have the medical knowledge but some bureaucrat with no medical training will be making treatment decisions for their patients.Right now the talk is all about having people sign up. I see few discussions on the potential horrors that could lurk down the road in this plan for those the government sees as inconvenient. The IRS will run this and look at what they have just done to those with a different political philosophy, which I believe is just the tip of the iceberg of what happens when such a department gets large power over people. Is it possible you could be persecuted through this program for voting against the powers that be? It is an easy thing to exterminate people through the withholding of food, water and medicine. Governments using starvation throughout history has been a favorite way of controlling the population. Such a thing could be hidden for a while under the guise of medical care. More likely, under a corrupt enforcement of ACA would be the confiscation of the financial resources of people opposed to the program. I pray that honest and cool heads prevail upon this chaotic nightmare or train wreck, as some have called it and God Bless America.
He is the "Butcher of the Beltway".
I predict that socialized medicine will shorten peoples’ lives by 10 years. A full-blown communist economy will cut lives by 20 years. Falling living standards and a lack of health care will do that. It has already happened in other countries.
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