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Even Terrorists May Oppose Obamacare

Want a new reason to fear Obamacare?

You may be aware that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Libyan national convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, finally expired a few days ago, some three years after he was released from a Scottish prison on the grounds that he only had three months to live.

Such vast incompetence, we all thought. Not so fast. Turns out his doctors may have made a rational prognosis based on the presumption that he would be treated under Britain’s national health care system.

Of course, after being released, he went right to Libya. Good move.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Karol Sikora, a leading cancer specialist who examined Megrahi shortly before his release, explains that predicting how long a patient with end-stage prostate cancer has to live is “a value judgment of probability,” not an exact science. But Dr. Sikora also writes that his initial three-month prognosis was “based on his treatment as an NHS patient in Glasgow at the time, when not even standard docetaxel chemotherapy was offered.” By contrast, “Mr. Megrahi almost certainly had excellent care in Tripoli.”

Consider “standard docetaxel chemotherapy.” As early as 2003, a Cancer Weekly report described docetaxel, alone or in combination with other drugs, as “the most widely used chemotherapy agent for prostate cancer in the United States.”

In 2005, the Scottish Medicines Consortium—the rationing body that advises which treatments should be made available through the Scottish NHS—acknowledged that the drug (widely known as Taxotere) improved median survival-rates, pain control and quality of life for prostate cancer patients. Even so, the consortium concluded that “the cost effectiveness of docetaxel . . . has not been demonstrated.” Only after Britain’s rationing body overrode that decision in 2006 did the drug became available to some Scottish prostate-cancer patients in certain circumstances—though still not to Megrahi.

I suppose one could argue that under the nationalized system Obamacare will soon become, at least terrorist captives will have less of a chance of living to a ripe old age.

Unfortunately, so will the rest of us.

19 Responses to Even Terrorists May Oppose Obamacare

  1. “Only after Britain’s rationing body overrode that decision in 2006 did the drug became available to some Scottish prostate-cancer patients in certain circumstances—though still not to Megrahi.”

    Why is treatment for prostrate cancer only available to certain Scottish patients? I’m sure they cooked up some bogus medical “study” that justifies why some Scottish big wig gets treatment while everybody else gets a pain pill. Guess the British death care system is just like Obamacare will be. If Obamacare is not pulled up by the roots and the ground salted, one day my children will have to stand before a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats who will determine whether or not their lives have enough value to be continued.

  2. If the Supreme Court reads the constitution the same way that we do, they will stick a fork in the whole Obamacare act and call it done.

    • “The Supreme Court of the United States has been reduced to the level of a piss-poor bowling team from Memphis.”

      -Hunter Thompson

    • You trust a person who was put on the Court because she is a “wise Latina” to have clarity when it comes to the Constitution? And Obama’s other “progressive” judge, too? I think we’ll be stuck with most of it and all the associated legislation that made it such a thick bill that no one read.

  3. Oh, come on, people. We all know you can’t give people medicine just randomly or based on subjective assessments. Sometimes you just have to tell them to take the pain pill.

  4. O/T: okay, did everyone know this except me?
    !.) With his great patriotic presidential address on Memorial Day, the o shut down the Vietnam Memorial Wall for 7 hours, while he gave a 15 minute campaign speech. This is about keeping out families of people killed: – the REAL ones – for a campaign event.
    2.) the o has scrubbed the American flag from AFI and replaced it with his Pepsi logo.

  5. Perhaps we can now use the threat of Obamacare coverage for captured terrorists as a new option for enhanced interrogation. “Obamacare or waterboarding, take your pick.” Either way, they spill the beans.

  6. Well, maybe even terrorist have a brain…glad something in their head is able to make a logical judgement. Can we kill them now? I mean before they kill us? Just sayin’.