Death panels in Ontario?

October 5, 2009

As in, the Canadian province:

Choosing health

Opponents of U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed health care reforms have just been handed a powerful talking point by Ontario’s government.

Democrats cobbling together the U.S. plan want to include a “public option” — a taxpayer-funded health-care alternative that would enable Americans to choose between private medical insurance plans or a government-backed system similar to Canada’s. Opponents of the public option maintain that Canadian-style health care would entail rationing, caps on care, bureaucratic interference in medical decision-making and even “death panels” deciding when the ill become too expensive to save.

Most Canadians believe this is a gross exaggeration of reality. But then how to characterize Ontario’s decision to cut off funding for colorectal cancer patients taking a life-prolonging drug, in order to save $9-million a year?

Say it after me: the only way government can control medical costs in a system that covers everyone is by rationing care.

Looks like she was right, again.

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Death Panels Down Under?

September 25, 2009

But… But… The Left and the media (and some Republican snobs) told us Sarah Palin didn’t know what she was talking about, that she should leave the room, for her metaphorical reference to health care rationing creating “death panels.” Even the President went after her:

Still, given all the misinformation that’s been spread over the past few months, I realize — I realize that many Americans have grown nervous about reform. So tonight, I want to address some of the key controversies that are still out there.

Some of people’s concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but by prominent politicians that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens.

Now, such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie plain and simple.

Maybe they should have asked the Australians:

Nicola Roxon … is the health minister of Australia. She has come up with a new way to save money, by denying “expensive” medications to cancer patients.

Australia already controls drugs via its Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

Roxon is lobbying the committee to further restrict the dispensing of drugs.

Dying cancer patients could be weaned off taxpayer-funded drugs as the Federal Government is confronted with spiralling health costs,” the Courier-Mail reported.

Emphases added.

To control costs, the Australian Government proposes to decide who does and who does not receive needed medications. Those most affected will be those who most need the drugs, and that population is largely composed of the elderly, who are more prone to these diseases. Sounds like a “death panel” to me.

Maybe the lady knows what she is talking about.

UPDATE: And the Baucus “compromise” bill contains the functional equivalent. No “death panels,” Mr. President? You sure?