The NHS shows Obamacare will lead to a Fall in Efficiency and Quality in our Health Care

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 8th, 2013

Week in Review

The holy grail for the left is national health care.  They were hoping that Obamacare would be their holy grail.  But there were Democrats who worried about their reelection chances if they voted against the will of their constituents.  So they took out the public option.  The thing that made Obamacare national health care.  Instead having to settle for Plan B.  Destroy the private health insurance industry.  Leaving only the government as the lone provider of health insurance.  And then, voilà, national health care.  And then the left will get their holy grail.  And our health care will become like that in the NHS (see John Neill: Why does this man think he can cure the NHS? by Margareta Pagano  posted 9/7/2013 on The Independent).

John Neill has a challenge for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt: “Give me the NHS and I will prove that we can change the culture – improve the quality of care for patients, inspire the employees, innovate, reduce waiting times, improve nursing and increase the output of the doctors, and reduce costs.”

So this is national health care?  It doesn’t sound that good.  In fact, it sounds pretty bad.  Something we can look forward to under Obamacare.  And whatever it evolves into after it destroys the private health insurance industry.  “If you like your insurance plan you can keep it.  If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”  None of that turned out to be true.  Worse, Obamacare is raising the cost of health insurance.  So hello national health care.  And poor quality, uninspired employees, a lack of innovation, longer waiting times, poorer nursing, doctors doing less and higher costs.

What’s more, he will do it for free. Mr Neill is chairman and chief executive of Unipart, one of the UK’s biggest private companies with clients including Jaguar, Asos, Vodafone, BMW and Sky…

So where’s the catch, Mr Neill? “There isn’t one. But what I know is that there is a moral and economic imperative for the health service to become massively more efficient. And I really mean this – we could change the culture – and for free. Sadly, it’s the mythology that holds the NHS back from changing. It’s too political, and politicised…

Nor does he see any problems between comparing the health service with making cars: “I’m going to be frank with you, and this will upset a lot of people in healthcare, but if we ran our factories with the same level of defects as those in an average hospital then we’d be out of business in 24 hours. And, we would go bust if we ran the factories only five days a week, as many hospitals are doing…”

His greater worry is that the government is not doing enough to improve productivity: “Growth comes from competitiveness, and that comes from productivity. That’s going to be tough for the UK as nearly half the economy is in the public sector. What are government ministers doing about it?”

So, in national health care, everyone gets free health care.  As long it is during business hours.  Which means if you suffer a heart attack or are seriously hurt in a car accident on the weekend you better hope your accident/emergency room is not one of the many closed on the weekend.  Or else you may be forced to postpone your heart attack or car accident.  Of course if you could do that you could probably avoid them in the first place.  But you can’t.  Which means you’ll be in for a long drive.  Or a long wait until your hospital opens on Monday for business.

This is why you don’t want government taking over more of the private sector.  Because when they do the things they take over become political and politicized.  And suffer in efficiency and quality.  As things are wont to do when government takes them over.  As demonstrated by the NHS.  Providing a clarion call to anyone who will listen.  It’s as if the British are warning us.  Don’t do what we did, they tell us.  Learn from our mistake, they say.  But will the Americans heed their warning?  Not as long as the Democrats are in control.  For they don’t care how horrible health care becomes.  As long as they get national health care.  Their holy grail.  So they can politicize it.  Create a mythology.  And use it to increase their political power.

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