They laughed when Sarah Palin (R) announced that Obamacare would save money with death panels denying care to the elderly, the extremely ill. Well the elderly and their families are not laughing in not so merry old England, home of government run socialized medicine, the National Health Service, where death panels are...denying care to the elderly. According to The Telegraph
A lack of treatment or insufficient treatment is contributing to 14,000 deaths a year in people over the age of 75, Macmillan Cancer Support has found, in what it called an 'unacceptable act of discrimination'.
Deaths from cancer are reducing in most age groups but at a slower rate in those aged 74 to 84 and are increasing in people aged 85 and over, the report said.
The report, The Age Old Excuse: the under treatment of older cancer patients, said treatment options are too often recommended on the basis of age rather than how fit the patient is.
Professor Riccardo Audisio, Consultant Surgical Oncologist at St Helens Hospital, said: "It is despicable to neglect, not to offer, not to even go near to the best treatment option only on the simple basis of the patient's age.
"This has been a horrible mistake that, particularly in the UK, we have suffered from."
And compared to greedy, profit driven, expensive American medicine that President Barack Hussein Obama (D) and his acolytes decry and the selfish Palinites support,
According to research published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, there would be 14,000 fewer deaths from cancer in those aged over 75 per year if if mortality rates from cancer matched those in America.
But...but...people over 75 are old. And they would vote for well, Sarah Palin (R) instead of Obama. Or...eek! former Vice President Dick Cheney (R) who should never have received a heart transplant claim the death panel supporting sensitive haters. Read their appalling comments here. More here.
Watch the Supreme Court case on Obamacare closely; hope death panels are not in your 70+ year old future.
hat tip: Powerline