The Original Death Panel and its expansion under O’s Health Care Reform

Well we should’ve known that everything the Bamster touches dies. This was evident when he visited Mexico, and shook hands with the director of the National Museum of Anthropology, who died a week later.

Now under Health Care reform the expansion of government exchanges (Medicaid) we learn, from a University of Virginia study, that surgery patients with Medicaid die at a greater rate than those with no health insurance. What’s more is that the uninsured have a shorter hospital stay which in turn makes the overall costs lower.

Originally the quagmire of expanding this failing system was first pondered in the Wall Street Journal 12 days before Obama was inaugurated. The fact that Medicaid was inefficient, fraudulent, and overly complicated was not news to anyone. It is, after all, the original “Death Panel”.

Medicaid: “You can’t handle the Tooth!”

Dying from an infected tooth was common over 100,000 years ago. Since the advent of modern medicine that cause of death is so rare that even mentioning it as a possibility today sounds like preposterous fiction. Except for 12 year-old Deamonte Driver. The family had grown accustomed to relying on the Medicaid system so when they lost it his brother’s six rotten teeth became the priority.

An $80 procedure could’ve saved his life. But the infection as a result of the abscess had already reached his brain. Deamonte Driver’s predicament is far from being unique. The article goes on to outline the dismal results of children’s dental care on Medicaid:

Some poor children have no dental coverage at all. Others travel three hours to find a dentist willing to take Medicaid patients and accept the incumbent paperwork.


In spite of efforts to change the system, fewer than one in three children in Maryland’s Medicaid program received any dental service at all in 2005…

The figures were worse elsewhere in the region. In the District, 29.3 percent got treatment, and in Virginia, 24.3 percent were treated, although all three jurisdictions say they have done a better job reaching children in recent years.

The most disgusting part of this conundrum is that Deamonte was eventually treated for a headache (given a pain pill) in school and the next day was much worse. Its particularily grotesque because we see the same type of non-caring, uneducated intervention endorsed by the President himself in the video below. Notice that the answer to the question has nothing to do with personal responsibility and/or choice. It has to do with “certain rules”. The Driver family found it near impossible to navigate the “rules” and Mrs. Sturm’s mother should be another victim to those rules according to the President’s plan. Just take a pill and we’ll square up with each other in the after life

In conjunction to the pill he (Obama) discusses “End of Life” care. Well, Medicaid helped determine Deamonte Driver’s “end of life” care. I hope poor Deamonte made the best of his 12 years