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The Great Train Wreck: News from Canada

Some "death panels" take action through incompetence.

Our Future Health Care
Our Future Health Care
When discussing health care, proponents of the PPACA often get around to talking about Canada.  They say that what they have in Canada is our future.

If this news article about a man who died in a 34 hour wait in an ER is our future, I'm not interested.  He died while waiting to be seen, and was only "discovered" when another patient pointed out that he was dead. (also read here and here)

The news articles are appearing because the inquest started today, five years after he died, September of 2008.  Take careful note that in proper bureaucratic style, it was "no one's fault", which translates to: They followed the rules. Nothing will change to ensure that this doesn't happen again.

The inquest will include some political grandstanding.  Real action is unlikely.  No one will be punished.  No one is accountable.  Stuff happens, I guess.

This is the nature of bureaucracy.  They follow rules.  Remember that next time you are waiting in line at the post office.

A "death panel" need not have life or death decisions in its job title.  It can just be an organization that doesn't do its job very well.

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Joyce August 14, 2013 at 02:05 PM
David Hansen wrote: 'Competition and free markets always allocate resources better. Unless you prefer the manner of the gulag.' ____________ Perhaps you do not realize this, David, but there is a middle ground between laissez-faire capitalism and the now defunct USSR. _____________ As for the supposedly better allocation of resources under unbridled, unregulated capitalism: __________ http://www.verisi.com/resources/prosperity-upward-mobility.htm _____________ http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/07/30/business/Measuring-Us-Against-the-World.html?ref=economy
Joyce August 14, 2013 at 02:11 PM
David Hansen wrote: 'Please define "works". SS is a pathetic use of resources! It has bloated the role of government and constrained the nations GDP.' ______________ Before Social Security, nearly 50% of seniors lived in poverty; with Social Security, the number of seniors living in poverty is reduced to about 10%. I would call that a success. __________ http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1863 _________________ ' Meanwhile, the Census Bureau stated in its recent report that Social Security was keeping millions of people out of poverty: "In 2010, the number of people aged 65 and older in poverty would be higher by almost 14 million if Social Security payments were excluded from money income, quintupling the number of elderly people in poverty." If you added 14 million additional seniors to those already in poverty in 2010, the poverty rate for American over age 65 would be 45 percent, not 9 percent. We also found a 2008 report on Social Security from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service that analyzed ways to improve the future financing of Social Security. The report starts: "Social Security has significantly reduced elderly poverty. The elderly poverty rate has fallen from 35% in 1959 to an all-time low of 9% in 2006, in large part because of Social Security. If Social Security benefits did not exist, an estimated 44% of the elderly would be poor today assuming no changes in behavior."' _______________ http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/sep/19/rachel-maddow/rachel-maddow-said-social-security-keeping-older-a/ ________ As for relying on the stock market for retirement income, apparently you don't realize that the stock market is volatile and that people can lose everything there.
Simon D August 14, 2013 at 03:21 PM
David Hansen, if you think CEO's and their families are really drinking the same water as the rest of the population, from wells contaminated by fracking, you have bought another b.s. story. CEO's drink the same water, breath the same air, huh? That's rich!
Roy Roscoe August 15, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Joyce, What do you expect the government to spin about their favorite tool? They could as easily have said home equity keeps seniors from being poor. The question is would the money taken out of checks improved the economy if left in the private sector and created even more wealth.
Roy Roscoe August 15, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Simon D, I think we all drink the same water and none of us are getting dysentery. You shouldn't hate do much one day your grand child may be a CEO. That is if we still have free enterprise.

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