Pharmer’s going to be featuring some articles describing what is seen in the hospitals in the past couple of years……….. ever worsening shortages of chemotherapeutic and injectable drugs. This has become a severe public health problem due to inability to treat some cancers, and unnecessary deaths due to unavailable treatments or errors involving drugs used as substitutes.
Pharmer thinks this problem has several underlying causes : supply and demand, need to import raw materials, economic pressures, taxes, outsourcing, government incompetence, an increasingly useless FDA, natural selection, and death panel philosophy.
The last factor curbs government enthusiasm for addressing the drug shortage problem vigorously. Increased deaths lighten the load on social security, medicare and medicaid, and therefore the shortages become a means of obamacare cost control.
Remember when the lefties screamed about Palin’s use of the word Death panels, to describe the government choosing who and who would not get medical treatment?
Well, they forgot about that, and here you see the esteemed New York Times operative, Paul Krugman acknowledging Sarah Palin’s pinpoint accuracy.
KRUGMAN: They should have said, “Okay, look, Medicare is going to have to decide what it’s going to pay for. And at least for starters, it’s going to have to decide which medical procedures are not effective at all and should not be paid for at all.” In other words, it should have endorsed the panel that was part of the health care reform. If the commission isn’t even brave enough to take on the death panels people, then it’s doing no good at all. ……………..
No. Some years down the pike we’re gonna get the real solution, which is gonna be a combination of death panels and sales taxes. It’s going to be that we’re actually gonna take Medicare under control and we’re gonna have to get some additional revenue, probably from a VAT.