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Socialized Medicine Director Dies Waiting for Operation

If you think government run health care is the way to go…..read this and re-think your opinion!

Written by Selwyn Duke

It’s a bit like a supermarket manager dying of starvation or a bottled-water distributor dying of thirst: In the U.K., a former National Health Service (NHS) director died while waiting for medical care — at her own hospital. The Daily Mail reports:

Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.

But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.

Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust — the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.

He said: “I don’t really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off.”

Not to be cruel, but the reason is simple.

It’s called government-run health care.

And while Nobel laureate Paul Krugman reassures us that these “scare stories” about health care in Britain “are false,” there is no shortage of them (unlike actual health care in that nation) — and they’re starting to seem an awful lot like truth. In 2008, a woman named Linda O’Boyle was dying of cancer and “was denied free National Health Service treatment in her final months because she had paid privately for a drug to try to prolong her life. [She] was told that as she had paid for private treatment she was banned from free NHS care,” wrote The Sunday Times. Lucinda Adam tells us about Joshua Halliday, a five-year-old with a broken arm who had to seek treatment 50 miles from home because seven closer hospitals turned him away. His mother, Sharon, said, “I was ashamed to say that I worked for the NHS. How can a very distressed five-year-old child with a painful broken arm be expected to be put in a car and driven for an hour and a quarter?” The Daily Mail’s Amanda Lynch reports on the sad case of Katie Hilliard, who was denied a smear test after two requests because she was “too young.” She was not, however, too young to get sick. “[T]he 24-year-old now has cervical cancer and despite a hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the disease has spread to her lymph nodes and lungs. Doctors have given Katie at best two years; at worst 11 months,” writes Lynch.

Another person who was too young for treatment but not disease is British author Terry Pratchett. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago, he was told that the NHS didn’t cover the Alzheimer’s drug Aricept for people of his relatively tender years (he was 65). And then there is grandfather Jackie Knight — who perhaps was too old. Despite being informed by a consultant that the best treatment for his liver cancer was a drug called Sorafenib, the NHS denied him the medication saying it wasn’t “cost effective.” Now, what were socialized medicine advocates saying again about how health care shouldn’t be about dollars and cents?

As for the case of Margaret Hutchon, it is notable that her having been an NHS director didn’t save her. I guess we can say that, at least in this case, socialized medicine upheld its principle of equality.

But be careful what you wish for.

Case in point: Walter Williams reported on the story of “Mr. D,” a Swedish multiple sclerosis sufferer who was prescribed a new drug that held the promise of mitigating his symptoms. Well, you guessed it, the government refused to pay for it because it was too expensive — 33 percent more than the old medication. But then there’s something you wouldn’t guess.

The state didn’t even allow him to pay for it himself.

Why? They claimed it would set a bad precedent and violate the principle of equal access to medicine for all. But here is that principle, properly translated: If you can’t save everyone, it’s better to let everyone die than save some.

Of course, despite this talk of “equality,” I doubt these horrible outcomes would befall David Cameron, Tony Blair, or the Queen. And had Margaret Hutchon, Katie Hilliard, Jackie Knight or some of the other victims of statist compassion had enough pull or the resources to travel overseas, they, too, might have found that they were more equal than others.

But, hey, who says that the best predictor of future outcomes is past outcomes? I’m sure that in America, with our 308-million population, huge underclass, bloated budgets and endless debt, government-run health care will work out just fine.  


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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Goverment

 

Government workers now 2 x mfg workers

In addition to Wisconsin’s public unions boycotting stores who won’t display a sign supporting them, we read this in the WSJ:

We’ve become  a nation of takers, not makers.

By STEPHEN MOORE, WSJ, 4/1/11

If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees who don’t produce any thing. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?

Every state in America today except for two—Indiana and Wisconsin—has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods. Consider California, which has the highest budget deficit in the history of the states. The not-so Golden State now has an incredible 2.4 million government employees—twice as many as people at work in manufacturing. New Jersey has just under two-and-a-half as many government employees as manufacturers. Florida’s ratio is more than 3 to 1. So is New York’s.

Even Michigan, at one time the auto capital of the world, and Pennsylvania, once the steel capital, have more government bureaucrats than people making things. The leaders in government hiring are Wyoming and New Mexico, which have hired more than six government workers for every manufacturing worker.

Now it is certainly true that many states have not typically been home to traditional manufacturing operations. Iowa and Nebraska are farm states, for example. But in those states, there are at least five times more government workers than farmers. West Virginia is the mining capital of the world, yet it has at least three times more government workers than miners. New York is the financial capital of the world—at least for now. That sector employs roughly 670,000 New Yorkers. That’s less than half of the state’s 1.48 million government employees.

Don’t expect a reversal of this trend anytime soon. Surveys of college graduates are finding that more and more of our top minds want to work for the government. Why? Because in recent years only government agencies have been hiring, and because the offer of near lifetime security is highly valued in these times of economic turbulence. When 23-year-olds aren’t willing to take career risks, we have a real problem on our hands. Sadly, we could end up with a generation of Americans who want to work at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The employment trends described here are explained in part by hugely beneficial productivity improvements in such traditional industries as farming, manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications. These produce far more output per worker than in the past. The typical farmer, for example, is today at least three times more productive than in 1950.

Where are the productivity gains in government? Consider a core function of state and local governments: schools. Over the period 1970-2005, school spending per pupil, adjusted for inflation, doubled, while standardized achievement test scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public-school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. That is what economists call negative productivity.

But education is an industry where we measure performance backwards: We gauge school performance not by outputs, but by inputs. If quality falls, we say we didn’t pay teachers enough or we need smaller class sizes or newer schools. If education had undergone the same productivity revolution that manufacturing has, we would have half as many educators, smaller school budgets, and higher graduation rates and test scores.

The same is true of almost all other government services. Mass transit spends more and more every year and yet a much smaller share of Americans use trains and buses today than in past decades. One way that private companies spur productivity is by firing underperforming employees and rewarding excellence. In government employment, tenure for teachers and near lifetime employment for other civil servants shields workers from this basic system of reward and punishment. It is a system that breeds mediocrity, which is what we’ve gotten.

Most reasonable steps to restrain public-sector employment costs are smothered by the unions. Study after study has shown that states and cities could shave 20% to 40% off the cost of many services—fire fighting, public transportation, garbage collection, administrative functions, even prison operations—through competitive contracting to private providers. But unions have blocked many of those efforts. Public employees maintain that they are underpaid relative to equally qualified private-sector workers, yet they are deathly afraid of competitive bidding for government services.

President Obama says we have to retool our economy to “win the future.” The only way to do that is to grow the economy that makes things, not the sector that takes things.

Mr. Moore is senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal editorial page.

 
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Microwaving water…….serious. do read

This is something I did not know……..!!!!
Microwaving Water

cup

Microwaving  Water!
A  26-year old man decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of  water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he  had done numerous times before). I am not sure how long he set the  timer for, but he wanted to bring the water to a boil.. When the  timer shut the oven off, he removed the cup from the oven. As he  looked into the cup, he noted that the! Water was not boiling, but  suddenly the water in the cup ‘blew up’ into his face. The cup  remained intact until he threw it out of his hand, but all the  water had flown out into his face due to the buildup of energy.  His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to  his face which may leave scarring.
He also may have lost  partial sight in his left eye. While at the hospital, the doctor  who was attending to him stated that this is a fairly common  occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave  oven. If water is heated in this manner, something should be  placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as a wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc…, (nothing metal).

General  Electric’s Response:

Thanks  for contacting us, I will be happy to assist you. The e-mail that  you received is correct. Microwaved water and other liquids do not  always bubble when they reach the boiling point. They can actually  get superheated and not bubble at all. The superheated liquid will  bubble up out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a  spoon or tea bag is put into it.
To prevent this from  happening and causing injury, do not heat any liquid for  more than two minutes per cup. After heating, let the cup  stand in the microwave for thirty seconds! Before moving it  or adding anything into it.
Here is what our local science  teacher had to say on the matter: ‘Thanks for the microwave  warning. I have seen this happen before. It is caused by a  phenomenon known as super heating. It can occur anytime water is  heated and will particularly occur if the vessel that the  water is heated in is new, or when heating a small amount of water  (less than half a cup).
What happens is that the  water heats faster than the vapor bubbles can form. If the cup is  very new then it is unlikely to have small surface scratches  inside it that provide a place for the bubbles to form. As the  bubbles cannot form and release some of the heat has built up, the  liquid does not boil, and the liquid continues to heat up well  past its boiling point.
What then usually happens is that  the liquid is bumped or jarred, which is just enough of a shock to  cause the bubbles to rapidly form and expel the hot liquid. The  rapid formation of bubbles is also why a carbonated beverage spews  when opened after having been  shaken.’

If  you pass this on
  you could very well save someone from a lot of pain and  suffering


 
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Family's

 

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DANGER! DANGER!

You can bet if the wrong person should read this, it will happen where we are.

Please read and forward this warning to family and friends.

Kids are putting Draino, tin foil, and a little water in soda bottles
and capping it up – leaving it on lawns.
When you go to pick up the trash, and the bottle is shaken just a little –
in about 30 seconds or less it builds up a gas and explodes with
enough force to remove some of your extremities.
The liquid that comes out is boiling hot as well.
Don’t pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or
in the gutter, etc. Pay attention to this.
A plastic bottle with a cap. A little Drano. A little water. A
small piece of foil. Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM!!
No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc.
People are finding these “bombs” in mailboxes and in their yards,
just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the trash.
But, you’ll never make it!!! It takes about 30 seconds to blow after
you move the thing.
The video at SNOPES shows the
Indiana State Police Bomb Squad detonating one —
it’s truly horrifying! …. .. I checked “Truth or Fiction” and
“they” agree this is TRUTH!!! So be warned and beware.
http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/bottlebomb.asp

 
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The Longest Password

Best laugh of the day


LONGEST PASSWORD

We laugh — but her I.D. is Safe.
Blond

During a recent password audit by Microsoft & Google,
it was found that a Blonde was using the following password:
“MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofyNashville”
When asked why she had such a long password, she said
she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters
long and include at least one capital


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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Jokes

 

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