Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bill Clinton receives two stents (Obamacare is not yet law)

From Michelle Malkin's blog:

Former President Bill Clinton was rushed to the hospital for a heart condition and has reportedly received a stent.

Linked later on in the same post:

Update:  Clinton received two stents. 

Even later, a few words from the company that made the stents that are keeping the non-inhaler alive:

Boston Scientific Corp (BSX.N) warned on Tuesday that a proposed tax in the U.S. health care reform bill that cleared the Senate Finance Committee last week could have serious consequences for the company, including job losses.....(CEO Bill) Elliott said that the company’s tax liability would be doubled, adding $150 million to $200 million a year, and it would be forced to make substantial cuts in research and development spending, which could result in 1,000 to 2,000 jobs being lost at Boston Scientific…

No, those stents don't grow on trees, do they?  Evil capitalists invent them. 
Here's one last link, from the U.K.'s Daily Mail Online, about an action proposed by Britain's National Health Service, one of the many "civilized" socialist medical schemes that we're supposed to emulate if we're to ever join the ranks of the truly evolved and humane nations:

A treatment which has saved the lives of tens of thousands of heart patients could be banned on the Health Service because it is too expensive.

Last year, around 40,000 patients were fitted with drugcoated stents - special tubes which are inserted into arteries to prevent them from narrowing.
The system is more expensive than stents that don't include drugs, but are more effective at keeping people out of hospital.
They also avoid the need for heart bypass operations.
Now the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence has recommended that the devices be banned on the basis of cost.
A treatment which has saved the lives of tens of thousands of heart patients could be banned on the Health Service because it is too expensive.
Last year, around 40,000 patients were fitted with drugcoated stents - special tubes which are inserted into arteries to prevent them from narrowing.
The system is more expensive than stents that don't include drugs, but are more effective at keeping people out of hospital.
They also avoid the need for heart bypass operations.
Now the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence has recommended that the devices be banned on the basis of cost.

Good thing for Clinton that Obamacare hasn't passed yet.  
But seriously.... is there anyone out there who believes that this socialized medicine scheme will apply to anyone who gets to vote on it?     

5 comments:

Nick Rowe said...

The USA accumulated 90 Nobel Prizes in Medicine or Physiology, more than the next 10 nations combined, all because of socialized medicine!

The US hosts 12 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies (and production facilities for several foreign-based companies) all because of socialized medicine!

Are we so great or do they just really suck?

Obnoxio The Clown said...

"But seriously.... is there anyone out there who believes that this socialized medicine scheme will apply to anyone who gets to vote on it?"

Of course not. And that's always the rub. America, it's still early enough to shitcan this insanity!

WAKE UP!

CrisisMaven said...

Health care for presidents and their entourage will not be altered by health care "rforms" - that's only for everyone else. However, when the US as a state runs out of money, that will also be the end of preferential treatment for presidents.

Anonymous said...

Gee. I wonder. If Obama HELLthKill goes through, would Mr (I refuse to call him "president") Clinton be the/an elite "only one" to receive these special life-saving capitalist miracles of medicine?

Just wonderin'

B Woodman
III-per

pammi said...

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