ObamaBot and oh-so-righteous Lefty Ezra Klein is angry at Senator Joe Lieberman's dislike of vastly expanding a financially floundering and and fraud-ridden Medicare system that already isn't working to make a lead in for government run ObamaCare that he's actually accusing Senator Lieberman of genocide.
And no, this isn't a joke:
....the defeat of health-care reform will cost hundreds of thousands of lives. That's not a particularly controversial statement. It relies on data from the Institute of Medicine and the Urban Institute, both of which are credible sources who've been used, I'd wager, by Lieberman and The Washington Post editorial page in the past.
Gee, Ezra...why not just call him Hitler and be done with it?
The link Klein cites above goes to one of his own posts that cites the Institute of Medicine’s rather questionable figures that extrapolates that 22,000 Americans die each year from lack of insurance. Which Klein uses to further wack job the questionable data to assume that swelling Medicare to gigantic proportions via the Senate bill would save 150,000 lives over 10 years.
This is soggy thinking even for a Lefty. For one thing, even if we accept the 22,000 number, there's nothing in these figures to show how many of these people could have afforded health insurance but chose not to spend the money for it. Of course Klein, like most of his ilk, dislikes any notion of free choice and wants to make purchasing insurance from the guv'mint mandatory. I get that. But there are a lot of people, especially if they're young and healthy, who simply would rather put their money elsewhere.
Another group who don't buy health insurance,by the way, are illegal aliens, who normally just pop into the nearest ER whenever they have anything from the flu to an appendix attack for free care.They don't normally buy health insurance either. How many of them were structured into these numbers?
Another interesting thing is that there are comprehensive studies using real data that show that MediCare has very little effect on longevity.Not only that,but the study Klein cites was fisked pretty thoroughly and found highly questionable in a major study by Dr. Richard Kronick, a professor of family and preventive medicine at U.C.-San Diego and a former adviser on health care to the Clinton Administration.
Oh, one more point for Klein to mull over. Since, as I've pointed out, government-run healthcare will lead to an overload of the system, a shortage of doctors, greatly increased waiting periods to see a physician and rationing for the elderly, riddle me this: How many deaths are Klein and his intellectual soulmates going to cause if what they want manages to go through?
In another related item, Lefty harridan Jane Hamsher over at Firedog Lake is coordinating a major campaign, telling people not to contribute to the Susan B. Komen Foundation's 'Race For the Cure' campaign for cancer research...simply because Hadassah Lieberman, the Senator's wife is involved.
Yes you can definitely tell that Klein and Hamscher are all about saving lives. Why, I bet we could even dub both of them pro-life...at least as long as we're not talking about babies in the womb.
Remember...what matters to the Left is not principle, but control and the Agenda. Always.