Thursday, July 30, 2009

Obamacare puts Obamacracy at test

The Swiss democratic system ensures that no major reforms are implemented without careful and lengthy parliametary assessments that examine all opinions and aim at some degree of consensus. Although their seasoned democratic process is not foolproof and has not stopped the Swiss from implementing reforms that fail to yield expected results (particularly in health care), it has protected them from the mischiefs of demagogy and has kept tributes to special interests within affordable limits.

Americans may not be so fortunate. The scramble of US legislators to push health care reforms (that have failed elsewhere) without due consideration of caveats from professional and patient groups puts Obamacracy at test. AAPS Myth-busters blow one more whistle:

Read the AAPS article

Friday, July 24, 2009

The 5 F’s you will not find in Government run healthcare

Americans have started reading the small print in socialized health reforms pushed by president Obama. Unsurprisingly, they do not really like what they see. Shawn Tully editor at Forbes Magazine has already identified five freedoms Congressional health reform schemes would do away with. Loss of freedom to choose your doctor is only a starter!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fax-a-thon launched against socialized medicine in America

Californian Chuck de Vore’s VoterRight website offers a free fax tool to Americans who oppose social-fascist health care reforms. Over 1000 faxes reached the White House on July 23rd, the day of Obama’s speech on healthcare. The tool is still available at .

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Obama's Pied Piper Rush to Rationed Health Care

Obama wants new health care laws voted by October. Two declared objectives: cutting health costs and “taking care of the uninsured”. The true name of the game is to increase the power of insurers at the expense of patients, doctors and health industries. A classic recipe for rationed care. Costs will indeed be cut. So will access to diagnosis, treatment and care. The same cannot be said of non productive expenses (paperwork, control, lobbying): they will go uphill, but… husssh, bureaucrats are good at spin, nobody will notice !

The current share of GDP that Americans invest in their health care results in great part from the sum of innumerable individual choices. Other countries face overt or occult rationing of medical services: they spend less of their GDP on health because administrative third parties (and not those in need of care) choose how much is to be spent on patients and who is allowed to get the care. That's where American "health care overhaul" pied pipers want Congress to go. All the rest is wind.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Before you invite Government into health care: Don't forget you will be a patient one day!

Experts interviewed on the advantages and drawbacks of European state-run health care systems by Associated Press medical writer, Maria Cheng, all voice the same caveat: Be VERY careful before allowing Government into health care. (Read More)

Demagogic health predators claim that high costs of health care justify more Government action in the field: Those who know how to count and compare know that inflation in health care is a direct outcome of government intervention. A recent Fraser study shows that health bankruptcies are also part of Government health packages. (Read More)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Swiss Doctor Associations Bow to Mandatory Insurance Predators

After calling for “pencil strikes” to protest against lab test rationing, Swiss doctor associations now lamely ask physicians to get back to the paperwork… despite the fact that federal health authorities regally ignored their demands. The causes of this inglorious retreat remain unclear. What is evident is that once again, predatory health insurance cartels will have the last word… and as always at the expense of practitioners and patients.