Government-Run Health Care Horror Stories, Part MCVII

Meanwhile, in the nation with the health system the American left is trying to emulate in the states…

A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation – at her own hospital.

Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.

Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust – the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.

He said: ‘I don’t really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off.’

Mr Hutchon, of Great Baddow, Essex, said his wife, 72, had initially undergone major stomach surgery last June but the follow up procedures were repeatedly abandoned.

I read the question from a commenter at Free Republic and will repeat it here: If you’re an NHS Director and die due to NHS bureaucracy and/or mismanagement, does that qualify you for a Darwin Award?

Many members of the Obama administration think the UK’s NHS is totally awesome and want to duplicate it in the US. Here’s the Obama administration’s head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick:

I am romantic about the NHS; I love it. All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at health care in my own country [the US].

The National Health Service is one of the truly astounding human endeavors of modern times. Just look at what you are trying to be: comprehensive, equitable, available to all, free at the point of care, and – more and more – **aiming for excellence by world-class standards.

(**Disclaimer: Your mileage may vary)

Opening Day Open Thread

Opening day is finally here. I’ll be keeping an eye on the Tigers/Yankees this afternoon. It’s supposed to be a little wet and cold in the Bronx but they’re expecting to get the game in.

If you’re wondering, Obama will skip opening day for the Washington Nationals and won’t be throwing out the first pitch. I heard he couldn’t find his Mom Jeans so he decided to cancel.

Since it’s the symbolic start of spring, here’s the late, great Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell on baseball:

Out: Easter Egg Hunt — In: Spring Egg Hunt

These days people aren’t even necessarily waiting for complaints from anybody, but instead implementing pre-emptive PC:

MUNSON, Ohio — A Northeast Ohio community is taking the “Easter” out of the egg hunt.

As the White House prepares for its annual Easter Egg Roll — a tradition dating back to 1878 — some in the community of Munson Township are asking if it’s okay in Washington, how could the word “Easter” offend someone in this small rural community?

Still, township trustees are opting to call this year’s Easter weekend event “The Spring Egg Hunt.”
Munson homebuilder Enzo Perfetto is putting up the $600 to put the sponsorship in private hands and the Easter back in the egg hunt.

The decision to have the egg hunt privately sponsored is under review by the county prosecutor.

Perfetto said township trustees have already agreed to calling the event an Easter egg hunt as long as taxpayers aren’t footing the bill.

Eventually somebody will realize how much cholesterol is in eggs, and the name will be changed to the “Spring Hunt for Nothing in Particular.” As a matter of fact, “hunt” might offend animal rights wackos — so I can see that word being removed too.

Pinch Me With the BMI Calipers of Irony, I Must Be Dreaming

No wonder Michelle Obama went to Washington with the assumption that everybody was fat and lazy

( – The former home congressional district of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama ranks dead last in the United States for “healthy behavior,” according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released this month.

Out of 436 districts measured by the Well-Being Index—including the 435 U.S. Congressional Districts plus the District of Columbia—the 1st Congressional District of Illinois ranked 436th for the “healthy behavior” of its residents in 2010. That was down from the district’s ranking of 408th for “healthy behavior” in 2009, which was Mrs. Obama’s first year as first lady.

Hmm… I wonder what high profile figure that district looked up to who might have served as a bad health example?


(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Reagan Assassination Attempt: 30 Years Ago Today

Thirty years ago today I was a freshman in high school. I remember being at track practice when somebody came outside to say that Reagan had been shot.

You’ve seen the news video before, but below is a recently released audio of the Secret Service chatter during and subsequent to the assassination attempt. At about 40 seconds in you can hear one Secret Service member say “Rawhide is okay” — they didn’t realize Reagan had been shot, let alone very close to fatally:

Meanwhile, the attorney for John Hinckley Jr. is seeking more freedom for his client. Those opposed include several psychiatrists and Jodie Foster.

Delaware Vigilant in Protecting Citizens from Basketball Pole Threat


If you happen to be in Delaware, you’re much safer right now. No, not because Joe Biden’s motorcade isn’t in his home state at the moment — but because the DoT is tightly enforcing a No Hoop Zone for your own safety:

The McCaffertys and at least seven other residents of Radnor Green and Ashbourne Hills received letters warning them this would happen. Police and Delaware Department of Transportation officials say their hoops, angled toward the street, violate the state’s Free Zone law, which prohibits hoops, trees, shrubs and other objects from being within seven feet of the pavement’s edge in subdivisions.
The McCaffertys won Round 1, as at least five police cars and a few trucks of DelDOT workers left shortly after a News Journal photographer arrived.
A 2005 state law specifically directs DelDOT to remove things that are in the right of way, which includes the small spat of grass before the curb begins in many neighborhoods. This is done to protect motorists and the people playing sports, according to the law.

I for one will sleep better at night — and I don’t even live in Delaware.

Five police cars and a few trucks of DoT workers? I don’t want to hear another word about there not being enough manpower to fill potholes and catch rapists.

There are still some hoop holdouts who won’t budge:


If basketball poles are outlawed, only outlaws will have basketball poles.

Sheesh… Michelle Obama tells everybody to get off their big butts and out to shoot some hoops because being obese is dangerous, and when they do, The State confiscates their basketball poles because they’re too dangerous. When the exercise police engage in a paradoxical power struggle with the safety patrol, nobody wins.

What’s the Over/Under on Obama Actually Eating with Donors at His Fundraising Dinner Tonight?

President Obama makes it a habit to charge people a pile of money for “dinner” and then either ducking out before the meal or dining by himself. Will that happen again tonight?

Place your bets:

Tonight, the President of the United States will be visiting Harlem in an effort to fundraise and garner more enthusiasm for his political agenda. The events will be hosted by the Democratic National Committee.

Obama will first attend a fundraising dinner, for $30,800 per plate, at the new restaurant Red Rooster. The restaurant is owned by celebrity chef and Harlem resident Marcus Samuelsson, who was also a guest chef at Obama’s first presidential dinner. The restaurant, which “reflects the roots of American cuisine”, is located at 310 Lenox Avenue. Tonight’s event is said to raise $1.5 million for Obama’s campaign.

No doubt the attendees at the dinner will be a bunch of guilt-ridden rich liberals who are begging to pay higher taxes with the goal of helping the less fortunate. And they’ll probably each have limo’d past a dozen rescue missions and stepped over several homeless people in order to attend the reception and hand Obama $30,800 to get that done.

Facebook, Apparently Seeking More Effective Ways to Lie to Users, May Hire Robert Gibbs


“Facebook not unfriended anyone and I am not using the company to Obama’s advantage. This is an illusion and a lie being spread by Twitter and the antiquated, nearly extinct infidels at MySpace”


Millions of dollars a year just to say “I’ll have to check on that and get back to you” or “all the information you need is in that story in USA Today”? It’s good work if you can get it — that is, provided Robert Gibbs gets it.

From the New York Times:

Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the company’s communications, people briefed on the negotiations said.

Facebook is seeking out Mr. Gibbs ahead of an initial public offering planned for early 2012, these people said.

The talks are still at an early stage and no formal offer has been made, these people said, adding it remained possible that the discussions could collapse.
A job for Mr. Gibbs at Facebook could be worth millions of dollars. While details of his potential compensation package have yet to be discussed, people briefed on the talks said that he would receive a cash salary as well as shares ahead of the initial offering. Facebook is being valued by some investors at more than $60 billion and could be the largest offering in history.

The NYT story said that Gibbs originally intended to help Obama with his re-election campaign before getting a job in the private sector. Who says he can’t do both? There are millions and millions of Facebook users in the US alone — tell me Team Obama isn’t frothing at the mouth at the prospect of having a highly placed Hope & Change agent working there.

William Ayers Again Says He Wrote ‘Dreams From My Father’

This video is from March 24th at Montclair State University. One explanation, if one is even offered, might be that Ayers is mocking claims that he wrote Obama’s book instead of admitting to doing so. This is, however, the second time Ayers has said this, and when he says it, he doesn’t look like he’s being sarcastic. Then again, if he’s being sarcastic wouldn’t necessarily mean he didn’t have a hand in writing the book, either. The possibilities are endless.

The “admission” in question comes at almost the minute mark:

Gateway Pundit:

Imagine the media onslaught upon discovering that a former unrepentant radical terrorist repeatedly admitted on video he wrote George Bush’s first book. We would never hear the end of it. Of course they play by different rules when it comes to Obama. This will get the usual “nothing to see here, move along” from the MSM.

In the fall of 2009 a blogger waiting for a flight at Reagan National airport saw Ayers, spoke with him, and wrote that Ayers admitted to writing “Dreams.” Some were skeptical because there was no video or audio evidence of the admission — just a written story. But the above video would now seem to credence to the 2009 claim. Will Katie Couric or Brian Williams report this? The audacity of “nope.”

(h/t HAP)

ACORN Going Global

Good news for pimps and election fraudsters in South Korea and Egypt who are looking for some help organizing: ACORN International is beginning to expand around the world:

ACORN is defunct, but ACORN International, a separate organization, is thriving, according to a message to supporters from Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN and chief organizer for ACORN International.

In his message, Rathke noted that ACORN International just added a new affiliate in South Korea, known as Asian Bridge, and that activists in Prague had begun an organization called ACORN Comrades Club, with which he is communicating via Skype from his home in New Orleans.

“And, perhaps even more thrilling, I have now heard from a number of activists involved in organizing in Cairo in the last several weeks. They are talking about developing a ‘Peoples’ Plan’ for development in a number of the poorer areas in the wake of the democracy debate and want to connect with our efforts in doing a similar plan after Katrina in New Orleans,” Rathke wrote.

“ACORN Comrades Club”? Perfect.

Mickey Mouse and the Dallas Cowboys starting lineup are now thinking locally, but voting globally.