Britain’s National Health Service may be Rationing Care but one thing they have an Abundance of are Problems to Fix

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 10th, 2013

Week in Review

Obamacare is but a waypoint on the way to true national health care.  Just like they have in Britain.  Where they’ve been doing national health care since 1948.  Which means if anyone is doing national health care right it has to be the British.  For they’ve been doing it for some 65 years.  So just how well are they doing it?  Well, suffice it to say they can make some improvements (see How many reviews does the NHS need? by Nick Triggle posted 8/6/2013 on BBC News Health).

NHS reviews are getting a bit like buses. Miss one and you don’t need to wait long for another to come round the corner.

A month ago there was the Cavendish Review into healthcare assistants, and then two weeks later the Keogh Review into mortality rates, which led to 11 trusts being put into special measures, was published.

Now it is Prof Don Berwick’s review on patient safety.

All three were commissioned off the back of the Francis Inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal…

The Francis Inquiry made 290 recommendations. The three follow-up reports have brought that number to almost 500 and there is still a fourth, on complaints handling, to come.

And yet there is still confusion over what the government is doing on issues such as minimum staffing, criminalising neglect, improving nurse training and introducing a robust system of oversight for healthcare assistants.

And that’s doing national health care well.  Imagine the number of recommendations if they were only starting out with national health care?  Things would probably be a lot worse without those 65 years of experience.  Something Obamacare doesn’t have.  Which probably explains why they are having so much trouble getting it up and running.

So if the left gets their way they will use Obamacare as a pathway to national health care.  Like they have in Britain.  And we, too, can expect a flurry of reports on substandard care.  And hundreds of recommendations to improve that substandard care.  Of course we could just go back to the way things used to be.  And keep health care in the private sector.  Where there may have been problems.  But there was not a flurry of reports on substandard care.  Only about people who couldn’t afford the outstanding level of quality in our health care system.  It seems such a shame to destroy the one just so you can afford to give substandard care to everyone.

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More Doctors are Leaving Britain’s National Health Service for Better Jobs Elsewhere

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 10th, 2013

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According to BBC Radio 4 doctors in the National Health Service (NHS) are fed up with being blamed for all the woes in the NHS (see UK doctors ‘flee NHS for overseas’ says RCGP posted 8/7/2013 on BBC News health).

A constant barrage of negative headlines about the NHS is leading to a growing number of doctors fleeing Britain to practice abroad, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Britain’s aging population is placing great strains on the NHS.  Health care spending is rising as people live longer into retirement while a smaller population enters the workforce to pay for them.  Leading to a doctor shortage.  Rationing of care.  And a lowering of the level of quality as fewer resources must cover more people.

According to this report everyone is blaming greedy doctors who don’t want to do their fair share of work.  This while the doctor shortage is so bad that about a third of the doctors in the NHS are immigrants.  And the British government is investing in more doctors to cope with the increasing pressures of these doctor shortages in the face of that aging population.  But there is no sympathy for doctors.  People say that they paid to educate and train them so it’s their duty to stay in the UK and look out after them.

So this is life under national health care.  Overworked doctors.  About a third of which will be immigrants.  As the treatment of doctors discourages others from entering the profession.  Creating a doctor shortage filled by immigrants.  And a general attitude among the people that because they pay for these doctors with their taxes that makes these doctors their bitch.

They also say these doctors are paid well.  Who earn around $150,000 (in U.S. dollars).  Which is a lot of money.  Yet there is a doctor shortage because more people aren’t leaping at the opportunity to earn those big bucks, too.  Why?  Because it’s too damn hard.  That’s why we pay doctors a lot of money.  It’s about the only way to encourage them to enter the profession.  To learn a very difficult field.  Put in more hours than most.  All while being blamed for all the woes in the NHS.

And they wonder why UK doctors want to leave the NHS?

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The Communists in Japan are targeting Young People to help them Transform Japan into an Oppressive Communist State

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 10th, 2013

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The former Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China (back in the days of Mao), North Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba all have great police states.  Not to keep people out of their countries.  But to prevent the people inside their countries from escaping to the capitalist West. Why?  Life was better in the capitalist West than in the communist East.  Where nations in the capitalist West didn’t need a secret police to keep their people from escaping.  But needed strong immigration controls to keep their countries from being overwhelmed by refugees trying to escape to their lands.  Yet despite this history of communist failures there are still communist parties in countries trying to attract voters.  Preferably the ones who don’t know about that history of failure (see Communist Party makes a comeback … in Japan by Gavin Blair, The Christian Science Monitor, posted 8/5/2013 on Yahoo! News).

Founded in 1922, the JCP is the oldest political party in Japan, and has enjoyed constant representation in parliament for longer than any other. But until recently, its image was one of older activists and it struggled to attract younger voters.

July’s elections were the first in Japan where online campaigning was permitted, and it was the JCP that is widely seen as having made best use of it. As well as savvy leveraging of social networks and video streaming platforms, the party created a series of online mascot characters that addressed individual issues such as the planned consumption tax hike, shady business practices, the heavy US military presence on Okinawa, and constitutional change.

“We were able to use the Net to reach out to younger people, many of whom don’t read newspapers or watch TV much. Through the characters, we could communicate issues simply and appeal to young voters,” says party spokesperson Toshio Ueki, who reports that the characters’ webpages got 1.5 million hits in the weeks before the poll.

Sound familiar?  That’s how President Obama won election twice.  By reaching out to younger people.  The people who probably know the least about economics.  And history.  That’s how people who want to change a country do it.  By getting people who don’t have the foggiest idea about what happened in the world in the last century or so.  Who simply don’t know of what people tried.  And what has failed.  With communism pretty much at the top of the list of things NOT to do based on past history.

If we did take power, the JCP wouldn’t try to implement a Communist economy immediately. It would require huge changes and we would seek the support of the people for each step,” Kira says. “And we would want to use the best parts of the current economic system, too.”

Japan is pretty close geographically to some of the great communist failures.  The former Soviet Union.  The People’s Republic of China (PRC) back in the days of Mao.  Vietnam.  And, of course, North Korea.  Places that have all gotten better with a move away from communism and towards capitalism.  Except North Korea.  Which is pretty much unchanged.  And the former Soviet Union.  Which is no more.  But the biggest part of the Soviet Union lives on.  Russia.  Which had moved towards capitalism.  But now is drifting back a bit.

History has shown where there is unfettered free markets life is better.  For this is the direction of all immigration.  From countries with highly fettered markets to countries with less fettered markets.  Older people know this.  People who read history know this.  Or lived it.  People who understand classical economics know this.  But young people?  They haven’t a clue.  Which is why all candidates who want to expand the power of the state over the people target young people.  For with them all they have to do is to promise more stuff and more freedom.  Even if they promise to deliver these with policies that have throughout history done anything but.

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Venezuelan Women robbed at Gunpoint for their Hair despite living in a Socialist Utopia

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 10th, 2013

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The American left loves Venezuela.  Because they are a socialist nation.  Where they put people before profits.  And everyone links arms and sings Kumbaya.  As everyone lives in harmony in the Venezuelan paradise.  Life just doesn’t get better than life in Venezuela (see Venezuelan thieves stealing hair to sell as hair extensions by Alasdair Baverstock posted 8/9/2013 on The Telegraph).

In Maracaibo, Venezuela’s second largest city, the gang is targeting women whose flowing locks, once removed, can be made into natural hair extensions and sold to beauty salons.

The robbers operate by holding their victims at gunpoint and ordering them to tie their hair into a ponytail, before removing it with a razor blade.

Hard to believe.  In a country where everyone has everything why would there be any criminals?  For in the West they say criminality is a result of income disparity.  The anger that rises between the haves and the have nots.  That spills out into criminal activity.  Yet here is criminality.  In a country where there is no income disparity.  Where everyone has everything.

“The demand for hair extensions has risen by 30 per cent since the crimes started”, said Jhonatan Morales, a beauty salon owner who spoke to state television channel Globovision.

“The market is more competitive now. We judge the hair on its tone, condition and colour”, he said. “But my salon doesn’t buy from street vendors as we don’t know where the hair has come from”.

So these Venezuelan women are being robbed of their hair at gunpoint for other Venezuelan women.  Guess hair extensions are the one thing the socialist government of Venezuela doesn’t provide for their people.  So apart from hair extensions everyone has everything.  Because everyone is equal in Venezuela.  Where there is no income disparity.  And no crime.  Only singing of Kumbaya.  Except for when it comes to hair extensions.  For apparently the socialist utopia in Venezuela doesn’t eliminate hair disparity.

Maracaibo, a city of four million close to the Colombian border, is particularly prone to gang crime given the large amount of smuggling which occurs in the area.

Gang activity in the region is funded by the purchasing of basic goods such as lavatory paper and rice, the prices of which are heavily subsidized by Venezuela’s socialist government. The goods are then smuggled across the border into Colombia where they are sold for a profit at normal market rates.

Not only do they have hair disparity which leads to hair crime they have the worst of all criminals.  Profiteers.  Who instead of singing Kumbaya for having everything they ever could want in their socialist utopia turn to greed.  Taking advantage of the state subsidies to turn a profit.  Something that’s not supposed to happen in a socialist utopia.  That kind of stuff is only supposed to happen in the greedy capitalist world.  Where they put profits before people.  Leading to income disparity.  And crime.  Where the people don’t link arms and sing Kumbaya.  Because life is so wretched there.  Unlike in Venezuela.  As long as you don’t walk the streets with beautiful, lustrous hair.

So maybe income disparity isn’t the source of crime.  For socialism hasn’t eliminated crime in Venezuela.  But you know what it has done?  Allowed great sweeping electoral victories for the candidate that promises to make life better for the have nots.  And if politicians ride to office by promising to make life better for the multitudes of the have nots do you really think they will make life better for the have nots?  And eliminate the great electoral advantage they have?  Probably not.  Which explains why there are always have nots.  And always will be.  Income disparity or not.

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More Liberal Newspapers fail after Repeatedly Insulting 75% of the Population

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 10th, 2013

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Two more liberal icons fall.  The Boston Globe.  And The Washington Post.  Why?  Well, the left would say it’s because Americans are just too stupid to know what good journalism is.  While the right will say these papers are nothing more than a propaganda arm for the liberal Obama administration.  Who can find no wrong in whatever they do.  But the American people can.  And they’ve just grown tired of these papers carrying the water of the liberal cause (see Future of LA Times still in question after Washington Post, Boston Globe sales by James O’Toole posted 8/7/2013 on CNNMoney).

The last couple of days have been a whirlwind for the newspaper industry, with both The Washington Post and The Boston Globe finding new owners. Is The Los Angeles Times next..?

The Los Angeles Times, by contrast, is widely known to have been on the block for months, but a sale has been slow in coming…

A number of possible buyers for Tribune’s newspaper properties have been mentioned in recent media reports, including Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch and a group of investors in Southern California including business magnates Eli Broad and Ron Burkle…

Charles Koch and his brother David are well-known supporters of conservative causes, and their interest in Tribune’s newspapers has provoked an outcry from a number of left-leaning groups who fear they would use the titles to push their political agenda.

“We need newspapers that are dedicated to providing objective and high-quality reporting, not another Fox-news style propaganda machine,” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said in May.

Yeah, right.  Objective and high-quality reporting.  Like the AFL-CIO would never want a newspaper publisher to have a liberal bias.  And favor their cause.  No, they would never want that.  Pull the other one.

The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times all have a liberal bias.  Which is part of the reason they are failing.  For 75% of the American people don’t think like the liberals controlling these papers (see Conservatives Remain the Largest Ideological Group in U.S. by Lydia Saad posted 1/12/2012 on Gallup).  Yet these liberals insult 75% of the American people on a daily basis.  And they wonder why they’re losing subscribers.

Truth be told the more objective papers are on the right.  Because they don’t have to lie about how their destructive economic policies are good for the country.  They don’t have to lie about how making nice with America’s enemies will make our enemies our friends.  And they don’t have to lie about how Obamacare will lower health care costs while providing more people with high quality health care.  These policies have been a disaster for the liberals.  Yet you won’t read that in these liberal papers.  Those papers that are supposed to provide objective and high-quality reporting.  But are little more than a propaganda arm of the Obama administration.

And yet they wonder why they’re losing subscribers.

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