National Health Care kills up to 2,000 Children a Year in Britain

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 13th, 2013

Week in Review

Opponents of nationalizing health care say it will only lead to doctor shortages, a lowering of quality and rationing.  Proponents of Obamacare say that’s absurd.  For with government in charge of a large health care bureaucracy things can only get better.  Not worse.  Just look at the NHS in Britain (see British child death rates are ‘a major crisis’, says paediatricians’ leader by Yvonne Roberts and Denis Campbell posted 7/13/2013 on the guardian).

Five children die unnecessarily every day of conditions such as asthma, meningitis and pneumonia because NHS care for young people is badly organised and dangerously inadequate, the leader of Britain’s 11,000 specialists in children’s health warns.

About 2,000 children a year lose their lives because of an array of problems, which means the UK has some of the worst death rates among children up to the age of 14 in Europe, the president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health told the Observer. Branding the situation “a major crisis”, Hilary Cass said in an interview that sick children were at greater risk of dying because some GPs lacked paediatric skills, expertise was absent in too many small paediatric units, and there was a serious shortage of consultants. The college believes a lack of senior paediatric doctors is so acute that the safety of treatment cannot be guaranteed at every unit. Cass urges the NHS to instigate radical changes in how it treats children, including a centralisation of hospital services to reduce preventable deaths…

Her concerns are supported by the royal college’s new medical workforce census, a major biannual study among the UK’s 11,000 paediatricians to investigate the pressures on them. It identifies problems such as:

■ Sharply rising demand as more children contract non-communicable diseases such as asthma and obesity.

■ A chronic shortage of consultants, especially when hospital units are busiest.

■ Worryingly wide variations in the number of consultants in different parts of England, with 48 per 100,000 children aged 0-15 in London, but just 27 per 100,000 in the east of England.

Imagine that.  In the NHS where the government is in charge of a large health care bureaucracy there are doctor shortages, a lowering of quality and rationing.  Guess the proponents of Obamacare are wrong.  As moving American health care in the direction of British health care is wrong.  Unless loosing 10, 0000 children a year is okay with you.  (The U.S. has about 5 times the population of Britain.  So one would multiply their 2,000 deaths by 5 to approximate the U.S deaths we can expect with a government run health care system.)

If the left really cares about the children then they should repeal Obamacare.  For it could save up to 10,000 children a year.  Unless the left hates children.  Which they must if they don’t repeal Obamacare.  Because we can see where Obamacare can lead to by simply looking at what’s happening in Britain now.

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Britain is looking to sell the Royal Mail to escape Out of Control Pension Costs

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 13th, 2013

Week in Review

The United States Postal Service isn’t the only postal service flirting with the idea of privatization.  So is the Royal Mail.  And, predictably, some are not happy about making government jobs like private sector jobs (see Royal Mail privatisation ‘will lead to soaring prices and job losses while taxpayer keeps debts’ by Graham Hiscott posted 7/11/2013 on the Mirror).

STAMP prices will soar and jobs will be slashed when the Royal Mail is privatised.

The warning came from critics as the Government announced its controversial plan to kick off a £3billion sale.

It is feared the sell-off could see a big chunk of the company snapped up by foreign investors, with investment banks raking in millions in fees.

So while the Treasury pockets a pre-election windfall, the taxpayer will still be paying for Royal Mail’s £12billion pension deficit.

Chuka Umunna, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, said it amounted to “nationalising its debts and privatising its profits”.

This pretty much says it all.  Pension costs are so out of control that the only way the Royal Mail can survive is with huge government subsidies.  And if they cut those subsidies they will have to pay for those pensions with the revenue from stamps.  Which means stamp prices will have to rise to replace those lost subsidies.  So these government workers can continue to enjoy those generous pensions.

Britain has an aging population.  Like most of the developed world.  People are living longer.  Giving them more time to suffer more diseases.  Raising the cost of pensions and health care for retirees.  Ponzi schemes like state pensions worked when there was an expanding population growth rate with more people entering the workforce than were leaving it.  But those days are long gone.  As are the days of defined benefit pension plans.  Where today they only result in unfunded pension obligations.  And companies like the United States Postal Service and the Royal Mail unable to pay their bills.

The reason why unions resist the privatization is that these business models cannot survive in the private sector.  For their labor costs (pay and benefits) far exceed anything available in the private sector.  And the only way they can keep those generous pay and benefit packages is by having the taxpayer subsiding their cost.  But if they go private and it costs $7.50 to mail a utility payment people aren’t going to mail their utility payments anymore.  And people will see the true cost of union labor.  Which means either unions must match the pay and benefit packages they have in the private sector.  Or they will lose all their union jobs.  Because no one is going to pay $7.50 to mail a letter.

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Near Accidental Harvesting of Organs from Not Quite Dead Patient a View into Obamacare?

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 13th, 2013

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President Obama has delayed the employer mandate of Obamacare.  As there was so much confusion in implementing Obamacare that despite having 3 years to put this massive bureaucracy into motion the government is still not ready.  Or it could be because of the immense unpopularity of the program that they want to push back some of the more unpleasant parts of it to after the 2014 midterm elections.  So Democrats up for reelection don’t have to face an angry electorate while campaigning.  Like so many did in the 2010 midterm elections.  And lost.

The Obama administration is beefing up the IRS to enforce Obamacare.  Expanding their reach into our private lives.  And into our medical records.  To see who qualifies for a subsidy.  And who is not paying their fair share.  Who, when identified, they will descend upon them with all the joy and pleasure of an IRS rectal exam.  I mean, audit.

The real scary part of all this is that the agency now responsible for our very health is the one that recently persecuted some Americans for their political beliefs.  The vast majority of the policy-makers at the IRS donated to President Obama’s reelection campaign.  Which makes the persecution of Tea Party groups and their donors the more frightening.  For where will it end?  This abuse of federal power (see Patient awoke to doctors mistakenly preparing to remove her organs by Eric Pfeiffer posted 7/9/2013 on Yahoo! News)?

The Post-Standard reports that in October 2009, Colleen S. Burns was taken to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital Center, suffering from a drug overdose. Although a nurse told doctors that Burns was recovering from her overdose, those same doctors pronounced her dead.

A call was placed to her family informing them that Burns had passed away, and the family subsequently agreed to have her removed from life support and gave the hospital clearance to harvest her organs.

But Burns was not dead. In fact, a number of signs clearly pointed to her being alive. When a nurse performed a mandatory reflex test on Burns, her toes curled downward. She appeared to be breathing independently of a hospital respirator, and her lips and tongue were said to have moved moments before doctors prepared to remove her organs.

Nonetheless, the nurse then followed instructions to give Burns a powerful sedative, a seemingly unnecessary move if the patient were actually dead.

Thankfully, Burns awoke moments before doctors were going to cut her open to remove the organs from her presumed-dead body.

Imagine the future world of Obamacare.  With an expanded IRS acting like the secret police.  And a state official at each hospital responsible for the enforcement of Obamacare policies.  Big Brother, if you will.  Making sure everyone is Obamacare obedient.  And reporting back to their superiors in Washington of problem personnel.  This official having direct access to the standardized digital medical records of every patient.  Now imagine a patient near death who is either a political enemy of the state.  Like the Tea Party and their donors were to the IRS.  Or someone that their Obamacare computer programming flags as a potential match to someone in the inner party in need of an organ transplant.  And they unexpectedly take a turn for the worse and die.

That will never happen, some will say.  Those who believe government is an instrument of good.  And maybe this scenario will never happen.  But it could happen.  That’s the scary part.  Because the pieces are all there now.  All it will take is someone to make it happen.

In the movie V for Vendetta V said, “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”  The United States became a nation based on that principle.  The U.S. Constitution enshrines that principle.  But things have changed since the Founding.  And people are now afraid of their government.  And the IRS.  Just ask those Tea Party groups.  And their donors.  They can tell you a thing or two about abuses of federal power.  And now these people are going to be in charge of our health care.  Where they can do anything they want to us.  Force us to pay a higher premium.  Make us wait a longer time for treatment.  Even deny us treatment.  Giving us a pill to take instead to manage our pain until we die.  Or they could even hasten our deaths.  To cut costs.  And to, perhaps, harvest our organs.  For someone more important in the inner party.  All it will take is someone to make it happen.  Just as someone chose to make that IRS persecution of political enemies happen.

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Study finds Coal cuts Lives by 5 Years for some who wouldn’t have Survived Childhood if it weren’t for Coal

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 13th, 2013

Week in Review

Early man did not have a long life expectancy.  Thanks to infectious disease and poor (or nonexistent) medical care people who got sick or injured often died.  Unhygienic living spread communicable diseases which killed large numbers in the community.  The lack of fuel to heat your home or cook your food exposed people to the elements and food-borne bacteria.  Causing illnesses that went untreated and added to the death toll.  And a high infant mortality rates brought down the average lifespan further.

There were a lot of old people in their 70s throughout history.  But go back a couple of centuries so many children didn’t survive their childhood that the average lifespan was in the 30s.  But thanks to the modern world of energy and medicine our life expectancies have never been higher.  Even though coal is taking some years off the additional years it gave some (see Burning Heating Coal Cuts Lives by 5 Years in China, Study Finds by Daryl Loo posted 7/9/2013 on Bloomberg).

People in northern China may be dying five years sooner than expected because of diseases caused by air pollution, an unintended result of a decades-old policy providing free coal for heat, a study found.

Coal burning leading to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and respiratory illnesses may cause the 500 million Chinese living north of the Huai River — a rough line dividing the country’s north and south — to lose an aggregate 2.5 billion years of life expectancy, according to the research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today.

The government gave free heating coal for people living north of the Huai River over a period of central planning from 1950 to 1980, and such indoor systems remain common today, the study showed. Burning coal in boilers is linked to the release of particulate matter that can be extremely harmful to humans, raising health costs and suggesting a move away from using fossil fuels would be attractive, according to Michael Greenstone, one of four authors of the study.

If the government took away fuel to heat and cook with how would that impact their life expectancies?

Yes, it’s sad that breathing particulate matter can remove 5 years of your life.  But how many more years did these people live because of coal?  They had to stay warm somehow.  And they needed to cook their food with something.  If they didn’t have coal these people would have been collecting firewood year round and burning that inside of their homes.  Releasing particulate matter into their homes anyway.  Only with a rise in lost appendages from swinging an axe.  More infected wounds from axe slips.  And they’d have rodents living in their wood piles.  Bringing disease into their homes.  Carried by the fleas on these rodents.

Coal may be taking 5 years away these people.  But they may be taking these years from a person who might not have survived his or her childhood if it weren’t for coal making their home a better place to live in.  It’s time we stop seeing only the bad that coal does.  And start recognizing the good that coal does.  For when it comes to human existence the good of coal far outweighs the bad.  For look where coal has taken us.  To the highest life expectancies in our history.  And it is still making our world a better and healthier place by creating electric power.  The essential ingredient in making the best medical care possible.  Thank you, coal.  Some of us appreciate the good that you do.

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The Carbon we pull from the Earth and the Atmosphere is now too Dangerous for the Earth and the Atmosphere

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 13th, 2013

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The conservation of matter states that we cannot create or destroy matter.  We can only rearrange it.  Meaning everything on this earth has been on this earth since this earth became the earth.  Except, of course, stuff falling out of space.  And the few moon rocks brought back by our astronauts.  But other than that if something is here today it means it was here yesterday.  Last week.  Last year.  Last decade.  Last century.  And last millennium.  Get the picture?  For this process goes all the way back to the big bang theory.  To the day this spinning planet became a planet.

The elements on the periodic table are the building blocks of everything around you.  Even you.  All we have ever done throughout time is find these elements.  Combine these elements.  And separate these elements.  To make the things in our world.  But we use the same old elements that have been here since the big bang and are still here.  We dig atoms out from the earth and pull them out of the atmosphere and rearrange them in new forms.  Then chemical reactions rearrange them yet again.  And they return to the earth and to the atmosphere from whence they came.  This remarkable closed system.  Where we can neither create nor destroy matter.  But only rearrange it.  Yet today this matter that has been here since the beginning is now too dangerous to be in the earth or the atmosphere (see Cowper mutiny on carbon capture by Daniel Mercer posted 7/9/2013 on The West Australian).

Premier Colin Barnett is facing another backbench revolt from former minister Murray Cowper, this time over proposed carbon capture and storage legislation.

The State Government wants to amend laws to allow carbon dioxide to be injected into underground reservoirs as part of efforts to reduce pollution and tackle climate change…

Mr Cowper said they “trampled” on landowners’ rights by giving drillers unfettered access to property and betrayed Liberal policy.

He also attacked the proposal as environmentally reckless, saying it amounted to “pumping and dumping” waste and would put groundwater at risk.

The State and Federal governments and industry plan to sequester carbon from Kwinana, Collie, Pinjarra and Wagerup under- neath Mr Cowper’s South West electorate.

Yes, you can mix together some elements from the periodic table and make a substance that can contaminate the groundwater.  Yes, you can mix some elements from the periodic table together that can be dangerous to breathe.  But carbon?  The very building block of organic chemistry.  Of life itself?  That stuff we exhale when we breathe?  This element is now so toxic that it’s too dangerous for the atmosphere?  And too dangerous for the earth?

It’s time we dial back the crazy.  Before the global warming people proclaim all carbon toxic.  Limiting the amount of breath we may exhale.  And the carbon we may carry within our bodies that make up our life-forms.  Which isn’t a far stretch with Obamacare charging obese people more for their health insurance because of their greater at-risk status of weight-related disease.  What’s to stop these people from identifying them as dangerous life forms due the abundance of carbon they carry within them?  Don’t be surprised if you see a carbon content blank to fill in on the Obamacare paperwork.

Crazy?  That’s exactly what someone would have said a century ago about the idea of sequestering carbon by injecting it into underground reservoirs to tackle climate change.  If these men of yesteryear were here today and heard people talking like this they’d probably spit at them with derision.  Seeing the only danger to mankind being the feminization of men that allowed people to quake with fear over the carbon dioxide we exhale.

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