More than 2,000 people have died of dehydration or malnutrition while in a care home or hospital in the last decade, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.
No, this isn’t the LCP or anything like that.
The figures show the “underlying cause of death” in 2,162 recorded cases since 2003 was dehydration or malnutrition.
Just shitty care.
Wonder Of The World.
With the first enrollment period barely off the ground, the Obama administration also has decided to delay enrollment for the second year of the program to give insurance companies more time to calculate rates, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.
The delay will mean consumers will start shopping for insurance for Year Two of Obamacare on November 15, 2014 – more than a week after voters go to the polls for midterm elections, when congressional Democrats are expected to face tough questions about the policy they supported.
“That means that if premiums go through the roof in the first year of Obamacare, no one will know about it until after the election,” said Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa.
But Carney rejected any assertion that politics was behind the extension.
“The fact is, we’re doing it because it make sense for insurers to have as clear a sense of the pool of consumers they gain in the market this year, before setting rates for next year,” Carney said.
Sheesh. It’s so insulting to the American public that anyone thinks they will fall for this shit.
It’s a fascinating train wreck, isn’t it?
I mean, seriously? With 32 days to go the insurance companies now have to (or can offer) offer everyone the plans they have been planning to cancel for the past two years?
As I’ve remarked before one of the prime requirements for a technocratic government is that you actually have adequately competent technocrats. Something we’re not particularly seeing here, are we?
Mr Clinton called on his Democrat successor to “honour the commitment” he had made that the new law would not have any impact Americans who already had health insurance.
For years, Mr Obama repeated his pledge that, “If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan”.
But since Obamacare came into force at least 3.5 millions Americans have received letters telling them their plans have been cancelled because they did not conform with the requirements of the new law. That number is expected to continue to rise.
Mr Clinton said the White House should do whatever it takes, even altering the president’s signature legislation, to make sure the promise was met.
“I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got,” Mr Clinton told the OZY website.
The insurance companies simply do not offer those plans that are being cancelled. And there’s no way they can reformulate them in the 30 days available.
And anyway, killing off those plans was the whole point of the design change. They wanted to destroy “insurance” as a concept in health care and to move to something much more like pre-paid health care. Thus plans that had high deductibles (ie, catastrophic plans, aka insurance instead of assurance) had to be banned. This isn’t a mistake, an error, a flaw in the plan, it was one of the very points of it all.
But Obamacare was also always going to be a test of the sheer capacity of the administrative state to actually do what it claims the authority and ability to do. At this point, it looks as though we may be witnessing a failure of the administrative state on a level unimagined even by its staunchest critics.
There’s going to be several books about this.
Certainly, at this point, my gut feeling is that the Courageous State simply isn’t competent.
Then the State will claim the right to regulate your lifestyle that leads to health care.
‘NHS must treat unhealthy lifestyles, not killer diseases’
The NHS must focus on treating unhealthy lifestyles rather than killer diseases because they place the greatest burden on doctors, according to health leaders in London.
Death rates in NHS hospitals are among the highest in the western world, shock figures revealed yesterday.
British patients were found to be almost 50 per cent more likely to die from poor care than those in America.
They have five times the chance of dying from pneumonia and twice the chance of being killed by blood poisoning.
Experts say that, despite recent improvements, NHS death rates still outstrip those in many other European countries.
We’ve long known that the NHS is bad, low in the rankings, of mortality amenable to health care.
NHS recruits thousands of doctors from Third World… while limits on places deny British students chance to study medicine
The government has to pay the £250k it takes to train a doctor. Therefore the government limits the amounts of £250k it’s willing to pay to train doctors.
The report says: “Estimates suggest that three quarters of the population could be suffering from the effects of heart disease, diabetes and related illnesses within two decades, which is a significant jump.
I\’d believe that 3/4 might suffer from these towards the end of their lives: after all, there\’s not much else other than cancer left now that we\’ve pretty much killed off communicable diseases*.
But 75% of the entire population?
Nah, they\’re \’avin\’ a larff
Parents of sunburnt children \’should be referred to social services\’
Children who get severely sunburnt should be referred to social services, according to campaigners.
A very, very, serious problem.
\”It\’s very serious. These parents have tripled their children\’s chances of getting skin cancer.
\”Malignant melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults aged 15-34 in the UK and it happens from getting sunburnt.
\”We also need to make sure schools are protecting children from sunburn while they are there. As far as I\’m concerned it is a child protection issue.
\”It\’s not sexual abuse and you\’re not hurting them there and then but you\’re making their vaccination programmes and the money spent on their education pointless if they get melanoma and die from it.”
Pat Wade, founder of charity Burned Children\’s Club, failing to put on sunscreen is neglect.
\”The agony these children can suffer is horrendous.
\”With all the advice out there children should not be getting burned. It\’s neglect.
\”In effect you\’re abusing that child because you\’re not looking after it properly.
\”You can buy sun cream for as little as £1 a bottle. Even if you don\’t have a lot of money you should be able to protect your child.
\”If a child comes into an A&E ward after abuse you phone social services.\”
Total number of deaths per year in the UK from melanoma is 2,200. That\’s people of all ages.
We might be seeing the interesting spectacle of people with a bee in their bonnet getting press coverage here.
Especially since we\’re also seeing cases of rickets as a result of too much sunscreen being slapped on the little darlin\’s.
Jeremy Hunt accused of turning NHS deaths into \’political capital\’
Medical leaders criticise stance of political briefings as Keogh report finds \’mediocrity\’ rather than disaster in hospitals
What is it that you don\’t understand about being part of a State service?
When politicians decide your budget, when politicians decide your pay levels, when politicians decide how you do things, then everything that you do will become a political football.
There is simply no way that a politically determined organisation will not become a political football.
Another way of putting this is that you don\’t get to have the taxpayers\’ money without being repeatedly felched by the politicians.
Yes, yes, I know. We all dies, there\’s no point in CPR for someone who is going to die in 45 minutes anyway. Going out in a haze of heroin is better than many other ways.
Every year 130,000 patients are placed on the LCP, which usually involves heavy sedation with morphine or similar drugs.
If memory serves that\’s around one third of all deaths each year.
My reading of this, no doubt a highly partisan and partial one, is that what we really have here is a case of centralised bureaucratitis. Something that is indeed a good idea for some small portion of the soon to be ex-population is looked at, a committee thinks, oooooh, what a good idea and then it\’s imposed upon near all. With the usual financial incentives of a central command and control system.
The problem being that what might be appropriate for some is not necessarily appropriate for all.
Care at an NHS hospital in Greater Manchester is so chaotic that patients are being left in pain, having to wait up to four days to see a consultant and languish in a corridor for hours because the A&E unit is full, two previously unpublished reviews commissioned by the hospital reveal.
So serious are the problems at Tameside general hospital in Manchester that local GPs now want the long-serving chief executive, Christine Green, and the medical director, Tariq Mahmood, to quit – while junior doctors working at the hospital have also privately raised concerns about staffing levels.
Long delays before being assessed by a doctor are putting patients at risk, with some admitted on a Friday not being checked by a consultant until Tuesday, according to two reports from NHS experts, based on visits in March and April and seen by the Guardian.
Is this all the result of some new scheme? Foundation status? Some ghastly slashing of the budgets?
Or is this simply the failure of the NHS bureaucratic system of management? Would be interesting if the Guardian could tell us, don\’t you think? But they seem remarkably quiet on why this is happening. Which in itself is interesting, isn\’t it?
Pharmaceutical firms appear to have rigged the market in so-called \”specials\” – prescription drugs that are largely not covered by national NHS price regulations.
It\’s the manufacturers/distributors of these \”specials\” that are running the alleged con. Small firms that no one has ever heard the name of.
I\’d give it two days, no more, before we start hearing about how Big Pharma is ripping off the NHS.
Amazing how reality can morph for political reasons…….
So, with Obamacare coming in, some US companies are cutting working hours.
With Medicaid eligibility about to be expanded in some 30 states, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, Wal-Mart has responded by cutting employee hours—and thereby wages—even further in order to push more of their workers into state Medicaid programs and increase Wal-Mart profits. Good news for Wal-Mart shareholders and senior management earning the big bucks—not so good for the taxpayers who will now be expected to contribute even larger amounts of money to subsidize Wal-Mart’s burgeoning profits.
Because you pay a fine if your full time (over 30 hours I think it is) employees don\’t have health insurance. So, make everyone a part time worker. Perhapos it\’s not very nice but it was forseeable but they wronte the law this way anyway.
The solution is?
Legislation is now making its way through the California legislature—with the support of consumer groups, unions and, interestingly, physicians—that would levy a fine of up to $6,000 on employers like Wal-Mart for every full-time employee that ends up on the state’s Medi-Cal program—the California incarnation of Medicaid.
The supposed problem is that people are being offered part time work: how does anything at all about full timers change that?