WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce today that the health care industry will try to cut $2 trillion in expenses over the next decade to slow the rising cost of medical care, two White House officials familiar with the plan said.Whoa...glad I'm not elderly. Think about this...how will the industry cut costs? Well, that's simple. They will cut treatment. No longer will you have covered procedures where the chance of success is below a certain percentage. Now, think about all those filler lifestyle articles that pop up telling you of a miracle recovery where the doctors invariably say... "I've never seen anything like this."
If successful, the cuts could help reduce costs for families and provide money for an expansion of health care coverage backed by Obama and some Democrats in Congress, said the officials, who briefed reporters but refused to be identified ahead of Obama's announcement.
In short, those who can afford coverage, and make it a priority to secure health insurance will have to give up the quality of that care so those who don't have health insurance, or fail to make it a priority can have it paid for with your taxes...and your sacrifices (perhaps your life).
White House officials offered few specifics about how the cuts would be achieved or how the promise to slow the rate of cost increases would be enforced.Thanks for the clarification...
Here's some more clarification:
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The slippery slope is already coated in ice...
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Universal Health Care at its most pragmatic...
RUISLIP, England: When Bruce Hardy's kidney cancer spread to his lung, his doctor recommended an expensive new pill from Pfizer. But Hardy is British, and the British health authorities refused to buy the medicine. His wife has been distraught.The United Kingdom is already suffering the consequences of forced cuts on treatment...we're next.
"Everybody should be allowed to have as much life as they can," Joy Hardy said in the couple's modest home outside London.
If the Hardys lived in the United States or just about any European country other than Britain, Hardy would most likely get the drug, although he might have to pay part of the cost. A clinical trial showed that the pill, called Sutent, delays cancer progression for six months at an estimated treatment cost of $54,000.