Back when Obamacare was all shiny and new, I was in the habit of calling it ‘health care rationing.’ I did this because I knew that you can’t have ‘less people uninsured’ AND ‘lower prices’ AND ‘improved services’ – and I assumed that the government would choose the first two and let the third go away on the wind. I got out of the habit of using the term ‘health care rationing’ because before the Obamacare launch it became clear that the government wasn’t going to manage ‘lower prices,’ either – and after the launch it’s becoming increasingly clear that they’re not going to manage ‘less people uninsured,’ either. In short: the word ‘Obamacare’ itself is sufficient warning.
But it remains true that we’re rationing care now. Kids’ care, too [link added: sorry!].
Now Seattle Children’s Hospital is reporting that patients are being denied specialty treatments due to Obamacare regulations. Patients at Children’s — that means that sick kids are not allowed the medical care that their doctors feel is best for them.
(H/T: Instapundit) Note that we’re rationing the care of precisely those who can’t really fight back. That, as I am reluctantly prone to point out, is not a flaw in the system: that is the system. The report notes that the hospital had a 16% response rate for its treatment requests, and a 9.6% success rate. …Look, whatever our differences are on health care, we can surely all agree that sick children with unique medical conditions should be a priority in any rational health care rationing system.
Alas, Obamacare is not rational. It is a political tool that rewards allies of the current administration (I nearly wrote ‘those who are in favor currently at the Imperial Court’), and is more or less malignantly indifferent to those who are not allies. Heck of a thing when the White House cares more about unions than it does sick kids.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: We will now pause while people attempt to distract themselves from the utter awfulness of their moral and ethical states of being by trying to find examples of sick children not getting care prior to Obamacare. Which is precisely equivalent to said people admitting that Obamacare was an utter failure – remember, we were promised that everything would be better – and I for one will treat that as such. And I don’t feel the need to take seriously moral lectures made by people who have decided that a political victory over Republicans is worth a dead child or two.