I keep saying that if you want to see what the USA will look like in ten years under Obamacare, just look at the mess that calls itself the National Health Service in the UK. It isn’t that the NHS is socialized medicine per se–although that is part of it. More importantly in my view, the NHS has a sclerotic and bureaucratic top-down approach to healthcare that deprofessionalizes medicine by dictating treatment protocols from on high.
Now, a columnist in the left wing Guardian notes that disabled people face deadly discrimination in NHS hospitals. From, “The NHS is Killing Disabled People:”
Disabled people always face hurdles in being treated as fully equal. It is a consequence of rejecting human exceptionalism.
But medical discrimination involves more than a discriminatory cultural default setting. The NHS explicitly controls costs through a ”quality of life” rationing system, dictated by NICE–the misnamed National Institute of Clinical and Health Excellence. With quality of life judgmentalism in the bone marrow of the system, we can hardly be surprised that those deemed to have a lower quality of life–and who happen to be more expensive to care for–end up on the short end of the stethoscope.
Obamacare will institute the same kind of quality of life rationing, over time, here in the USA. Indeed, many among the medical intelligentsia and other architects of Obamacare are all for it as a way of controlling costs–including the New England Journal of Medicine.