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Sentenced to Death for Being Old, Or, Sarah Palin, Call Your Office

Remember how Sarah Palin claimed that ObamaCare, with its board of commissars to hold down health care costs, would inevitably result in “death panels?”  And how she was then howled down for having suggested a course of action to which no civilized country would resort?

Get a load of this, from the Daily Mail:

When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat.

Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age.

His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms.

Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery he needed — and as a result his cancer was actually cured. Four years on, he is a sprightly 82-year-old who works out at the gym, drives a sports car and competes in a rowing team….

Sadly, Kenneth’s story is symptomatic of a dreadful truth. According to shocking new research by Macmillan Cancer Support, every year many thousands of older people are routinely denied life-saving NHS treatments because their doctors write them off as too old to treat.

ObamaCare delenda est.

  1. Yeah...ok.

    Same thing happened in Massachusetts, I thought Romney was dead 4 years ago.

  2. Andrea Ryan

    One of my favorites courses in my Masters of Public Health program was International Health.  My professor brought physicians from all over the world to spend hours telling us about the horrors of nationalized health care.  These sorts of death sentences were routine.

  3. raycon and lindacon

    yeah..ok.  How do I follow that and sound clever?

    I give up.

  4. cdor

    So tell me someone please, is there anything she has said that is incorrect? Is there a policy she espoused that is out of line, off the mark, ill considered? Ms Palin’s instincts are sharp as a razor. It is  sad a commentary as any that she receives the vile vindictive she has never earned. Someday, maybe, we will overcome our idiocy as a country for attempting to drive her from the public scene. Oh, I forgot…she’s a quitter. Yea, whatever… 

  5. Stuart Creque

    Understand the inevitable progression from Mr. Warden’s case.  Mr. Warden (thanks to his daughter) proved the National Health Service wrong.  Worse, because of his family’s resources and the existence of private medical services, Mr. Warden was cured, obtaining an outcome not available to ordinary Britons.

    This is an offense against fairness and cannot be allowed to stand: Britain’s Eurosocialists therefore will spare no effort to outlaw access to private medical services and prohibit the expenditure of personal wealth on such services.  In the worldview of the Eurosocialist, the injustice in this anecdote is not that so many Britons are sentenced to die by the NHS, but that one was allowed to escape that death sentence.

  6. raycon and lindacon
    cdor: So tell me someone please, is there anything she has said that is incorrect? Is there a policy she espoused that is out of line, off the mark, ill considered? Ms Palin’s instincts are sharp as a razor. It is  sad a commentary as any that she receives the vile vindictive she has never earned. Someday, maybe, we will overcome our idiocy as a country for attempting to drive her from the public scene. Oh, I forgot…she’s a quitter. Yea, whatever…  · 14 minutes ago

    You speak for many of us.  Sarah Palin is the only conservative politician with real cojones.  She speaks for Reagan now that he is gone.  But, of course, you will not appear to be a sensible and moderate conservative if you say that.  You will be the one who is unhinged.

    Anyone who believes that Sarah Palin has quit had better not find themselves in Grizzly country when hibernation time is over.

  7. Stuart Creque
    cdor: So tell me someone please, is there anything she has said that is incorrect? Is there a policy she espoused that is out of line, off the mark, ill considered? Ms Palin’s instincts are sharp as a razor. It is  sad a commentary as any that she receives the vile vindictive she has never earned. Someday, maybe, we will overcome our idiocy as a country for attempting to drive her from the public scene. Oh, I forgot…she’s a quitter. Yea, whatever…  · 16 minutes ago

    I think it was brilliant of her to forego a Presidential run this time.  It certainly drove home the point that there weren’t any other Republicans ready to run who compared favorably to her in their campaign performance.  She sure looks like a better candidate in comparison to the ones who ran this year.

  8. Misthiocracy

    Peter, the link to the Daily Mail article appears to be broken.

  9. Paul A. Rahe
    C

    One of the qualities that Sarah Palin possesses that the alternatives seem to lack is a sense for the jugular. She may not be especially well-educated, and she is not always well-informed. But she is quick-witted, and when she is good she is devastating. If the progressives hate her, it is because she terrifies them.

  10. Natalie

    Speaking as the wife of a disabled NAVY veteran who has received all of his medical care since 2001 through the VA, I can verify that all of the concerns that have been raised regarding the President’s healthcare plan are very real.  Particularly since the primary focus of this administration has been “how many will we help” and not “how are we going to fund it”.  The VA has limited resources and has to make difficult choices, often without any input from my husband or myself regarding his care, and has more times than not resulted in treating his symptoms instead of the underlying cause.  My husband now after several years of “treatment” has a littany of ailments that he didn’t have when his “treatment” began and he will ultimately die from out of the need  to raton care.  My husband was medically discharged from the NAVY  with a back injury and he is 56.

    My comments here are not to invoke sympathy but awareness.  We are grateful for the VA and care that he receives from an under-staffed , under-funded, well intentioned, disasterously mismanaged entitlement program that he gave 19 years of service to qualify for.   

  11. Aaron Miller

    Politicians who have made “billions” an unremarkable expenditure care about savings in healthcare? Nonsense. The truth is that they are agents of death, as evidenced by their obsession with abortion.

  12. Conservative Episcopalian

    Dr. Rahe,

    I thoroughly enjoy your posts and I find you to be an accomplished author and expert on history; however, it seems you dismiss people as being unqualified for the presidency based on their apparent education, per your comments about Mrs. Palin above and Romney.  Others have expressed their like of Mrs. Palin’s common sense appeal, which as history has shown can count for much more than an elite education, which you seem to believe trumps common sense and basic political sense. A case in point is Harry Truman versus FDR. To the elite educated FDR, Joseph Stalin was “Uncle Joe” a nice cuddly paternal figure that could be trusted in negotiations. To Harry Truman, a high school educated politician, Stalin turned out to be untrustworthy and Truman figured this out as early as Potsdam. Despite being a Democrat, Truman showed that he had what it took to be effective on the world stage.

    Education is only a small part of the deal in my opinion. Would any of us really want a president educated in any of our elite schools if we could get one educated in a state school? I know who I would vote for.

  13. Yeah...ok.
    raycon: yeah..ok.  How do I follow that and sound clever?

    o

    You’re better than clever. You’re sane. Great stuff in that derb thread in memberland.

  14. Keith McMillan

    As an American living permanently in England, this reality obviously hit home.  I have lived in London since 1989.  In 2005 I took my final vows as a Jesuit at which time I permanently became a member of the British Province of the Jesuits.  One of my conscious thoughts in making this commitment was that I would probably die before my identical twin brother who remains in the US.

    Years before one instance of another Jesuit shocked me.  This older priest was found in his room one day obviously having suffered a stroke.  They called his doctor.  They asked if it had just happened.  They said they did not know but it probably happened during the night.  The office said there was nothing they could do right now because they would only act with haste if it just happened.  So he was left in his room until six hours later an ambulance arrived to leasurely take him to the hospital.  He died less than two weeks later.  

    Now that may have happened any way, but the cold calculating decisions of the state could not have been more stark. In agreeing to remain in Britain I was consciously reducing my lifespan.  

  15. Liberty Dude

    As Keith’s sad story shows, we’re all one step behind Dr. Thomas Sowell, who pointed out long ago that the best way to lower health care costs is by not delivering them in the first place.

  16. James Of England
    Jonathan Cast: One thing you seem to be missing, Mr. Robinson, is that this is the inevitable consequence, not of Obamacare, but of Medicare.

    Medicare delenda est. · 5 hours ago

    This is a very good point. The difference between US and UK government medicine is not that the former doesn’t exist, but that it spends far, far, more per patient than the latter. The per capita spending on government health is greater in the US, and it gets spent on many fewer people. Even if Obamacare survives, it is unlikely to end the era of American dominance of medicine directly, merely accelerating it by bankrupting its host.

  17. Gretchen
    Stuart Creque: “… because of his family’s resources and the existence of private medical services, Mr. Warden was cured, obtaining an outcome not available to ordinary Britons.

    This is an offense against fairness and cannot be allowed to stand…”

    Regarding the ability of the British to seek private health care, does anyone remember Hillarycare? I seem to recall that it criminalized both the patient seeking private health care and the doctor providing it. That was one of the reasons it never made it past Congress. Obama learned from this and was too clever to include that provision right off the bat, but I don’t doubt that’s where it is intended to end up.

  18. Give Me Liberty

    Uhhhh no, Palin is stupid; Obama is smart; just ask Katie Couric.

  19. Skarv

    A variant of the horror of state funded healthcare is in Sweden where you are not denied help but you are placed in the queue. The management of the queue is completely opaque and and  in reality authorities moves old patients towards the end and by that manages the queue in two ways – some people get treatment and some die (which is cheaper). In either case the queue is managed to their administrative objectives.

  20. Nick Stuart

    I wish I shared Peter’s optimism about Obamacare. If the Supreme Court strikes it down, we get a do-over. Otherwise I doubt the Republicans would have the moral courage to repeal it even if they attained majorities in both houses (filibuster-proof in the Senate), and the White House.

    Even at that, the best anybody under the age of 60 has to look forward too, unless they are well-endowed financially or preternaturally healthy, is a clean place to die and adequate pain medication.

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