Liberal lies notwithstanding, ObamaCare does in fact impose a “Payment Advisory Board” — a.k.a. Death Panel — to ration medical care. Once again Britain provides a graphic illustration of what this will mean for aging Americans if Obama is not defeated and ObamaCare is not repealed:
An elderly woman died alone after doctors failed to tell relatives they were ending her life on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway.
Olive Goom, 85, passed away with no one by her side after medics neglected to consult with her family about her treatment at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. …
As Miss Goom lay dying alone, staff reassured relatives on the phone just hours before her death that there was no urgent need to visit — even though doctors had already removed tubes providing vital food and fluids.
Her family discovered that she had died only when her niece went to visit her and found she was already being prepared for the mortuary. They said last night that they will never be able to stop feeling guilty that no one was there in her final hours.
It isn’t much consolation, but in a sense Olive Goom didn’t die alone. Bureaucrats have told general practitioners to cut expenses by putting 1% of patients on the “death list.” Yes I’m serious:
GPs have been asked to select one in every 100 of their patients to go on a list of those likely to die over the next 12 months.
The patients will be singled out for ‘end-of-life care’, potentially saving the NHS more than £1billion a year.
As alternatives to this sort of rationing, once ObamaCare is fully implemented we could have Ben Bernanke print up enough play money to pay for healthcare for everyone, or we could keep raising taxes until the entire economy collapses under the weight of government.
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