Diary

Looks like we're modeling the wrong health care plan.

So the left has, for as long as I can remember (oh heck, even longer), been whining that we need to model our health care system after Canada or Germany or England.  The Democrats have now passed their version of National Health Service even though for months we’ve been inundated with stories about how NHS is quite literally killing the very people they are supposed to be caring for. For instance, and this story from the Times (that would be the London version) from 2004 shows that it’s not a new phenomena…

One in ten patients admitted to NHS hospitals will fall victim to medical errors, which have now become Britain’s fourth-biggest killer.

Medical accidents and errors contribute to the deaths of 72,000 people a year, and they are directly blamed for 40,000. They also cost the NHS £2 billion in increased hospital stays alone.

However, fewer than a third of an estimated 900,000 annual mistakes are properly reported, an independent audit reveals today.

The report by the healthcare research group Dr Foster highlights both the scale of medical error in the NHS and the extent to which the system for reporting them is failing.

Oh, and a side note here, how many people was it that Obama&Co said died in the US because of a lack of health insurance? Oh yeah. It was 40,000. The same number that their insurance delivery model is killing in Britain. Oh, and how many more people live in the US? Yeah.

Anyway, the point of this diary isn’t that NHS is killing people. It’s that we’ve picked an insurance delivery model that is proven to kill people. Wouldn’t it make more sense, assuming you think the old delivery model needed changing, to look around find a successful delivery model? One that actually heals the sick.

Well, lo and behold, I found one. And since the NHS version of ObamaCare&trade, doesn’t kick in (our teeth) for another four years we’ve still got time to make the change. There is a hitch, I found the references to this wonder of modern medicine and I put two and two together and came up with [drum roll please] four! and I want the credit. But, in the Spirit of Stupak I can be bought, and for slightly less than $4.5B. Slightly less. Only slightly.

OK you say, what would this miracle be? Well, we should be patterning our health care delivery system after that of LebanonLybia doh (reminder to self: don’t write before at least two cups of coffee). Yep. That would be that Lebanon Lybia. Those dudes and dudettes are working miracles over there. People are, like, rising from the almost dead. And last I heard Oral Roberts and Kathryn Kuhlman aren’t hanging out anywhere near Tripoli.

Proof! We demand PROOF!! Well, OK, here ya go, but first some documented history…

GREENOCK, Scotland (CNN) — The man convicted of murdering 270 people by blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, two decades ago received a boisterous welcome when his plane landed in his native Libya on Thursday.

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, suffering from terminal prostate cancer, was freed from prison in Scotland, with Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill citing compassionate grounds for the release and saying al Megrahi was “going home to die.”

A large crowd, waving flags and honking horns, greeted al Megrahi at the military airport in Tripoli.

The 57-year-old has three months to live, according to Scottish authorities.

“Our justice system demands that judgment be imposed but compassion available,” MacAskill said. “Our beliefs dictate that justice be served but mercy be shown.”

As reported by CNN on August 20, 2009. It’s now March 31, 2010. That would be seven months from when he had three months to live. Michael Rubin reports at The Corner

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi — convicted in Scotland for his role in the Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270 people, but released last August on humanitarian grounds because terminal prostate cancer left him only three months to live — appears to be alive and well in Libya.

The local Scottish council is now abiding by Megrahi’s refusal to release his medical records. I guess the logic is, “Terrorism is forgivable and justice is expendable, but how could we ever violate the privacy of a mass murderer?”

So Mr. President, get on the stick. Let’s get some folks over to Tripoli to see what they’re doing right.