Thursday, June 06, 2013

Death Panels

From Politico:

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan to be moved to the adult lung transplant list, giving her a better chance of receiving a potentially life-saving transplant.
The quick and unusual ruling, made after a hastily scheduled emergency hearing, follows a campaign by the family and some members of Congress to pressure the Obama administration to change a federal policy that puts children under age 12 at the bottom of the list of those who can receive donated adult lungs.

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 This may be the sensible thing to do but transplant rules are complex and troubling things. No matter what you do, some people will die waiting for a transplant. And some of those people will be children. There is no way around it because there just aren't enough transplantable organs to go around. I'm happy to leave it in the hands of doctors and medical ethicists.

But Obamacare is going to go wrong not because of organ shortages, but because of money shortages. Premiums are going to go up. You can't supply breast pumps, and birth control, morning after pills, and annual check-ups to the entire population without cost going way up.  Add to that the cost of campaigns to inform everyone that such things are available, and other fitness and educational programs and you've got a financial Godzilla demanding to be fed. I said it back when this nonsense started: If you think health care is expensive now, just wait til it's free.

But Obama can't go back on the goodies he's promised in order to get votes. He, through Sebelius, will have to cut services in order to manage costs. (which will still be going up, heck, they're already going up) So because we have to supply birth control to everyone, someone won't get a pacemaker. Because every new mother will get a breast pump, someone won't get an artificial knee.

Sure, they'll say you're too old for a pacemaker or artificial knee to make financial sense. But it made financial sense under most people's old insurance.

Personally, I may one day need a heart transplant due to a congenital defect. I'm 95% sure I won't, but it's a possibility. And under my old insurance it could have been done. Under Obamacare? Well, I'm just glad it looks like I can run out the clock with the heart I've got.

And here's another thing about the inevitable financially oriented death panels. Say you're 75 and you need a pacemaker. How do you know that you're being denied because of your age and not because you donated to the Romney campaign? With these guys, you don't know.

I'll pray for little Sarah to have a good outcome.


MAX Redline said...

3-D printing advances may compatible organ obtainability. But you still won't get one because cost. Gotta pay for those brochures somehow.