Obamacare British Style

May I have your attention. In order to save money, those needing hip replacement, cataract surgery and tonsil removal will have to wait. It's not like you are going to die or anything, but money is tight and we know you will understand.

The government run health insurance plan is running out of money so don't expect to be treated for certain things anytime soon.

And if you want to pay for these things out of your own pocket, you might want to reconsider. If we catch you paying for things covered by your government health plan you will be booted off the plan and we won't pay for anything else for you again.

If this sounds frightening, then you need to know that the head of CMS (Medicare) is a big fan of Britain's NHS (National Health Service) and this kind of rationing is affecting British citizens.

Here are a few other goodies:

* Hip and knee replacements only being allowed where patients are in severe pain. Overweight patients will be made to lose weight before being considered for an operation.

* Cataract operations being withheld from patients until their sight problems "substantially" affect their ability to work.

* Patients with varicose veins only being operated on if they are suffering "chronic continuous pain", ulceration or bleeding.

* Tonsillectomy (removing tonsils) only to be carried out in children if they have had seven bouts of tonsillitis in the previous year.

* Grommets to improve hearing in children only being inserted in "exceptional circumstances" and after monitoring for six months.

* Funding has also been cut in some areas for IVF treatment on the NHS.

OK, I gotta admit I have no idea what "grommets" for children are but I wonder what is considered an "exceptional circumstance" and what is not. I thought grommets were something on blue jeans.

Bill Walters, 75, from Berkshire, recently had to wait 30 weeks for a hip operation instead of the standard 18.

That's over 8 months.

The wait time in the U.S. is less than 2 weeks if that.

When the government (read that as taxpayer) is paying your medical bills they make the rules.

Won't Obamacrap be fun?

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