Obama’s government-run health care is a pain. Literally.

Nationally-noted commentator Matthew Vadum, writing for The American Spectator, draws our attention to this article from London’s Daily Telegraph, which you can reasonably expect to become a common occurance here in America under Barack Obama’s proposed goverment takeover of health care.

And speaking personally as someone with severe and chronic back, neck and joint problems, Barack Obama’s financially unsustainable plans for goverment-run doctor’s offices mean the eldery and those with incurable conditions will be first on the chopping block.

Patients forced to live in agony after NHS refuses to pay for painkilling injections

Tens of thousands with chronic back pain will be forced to live in agony after a decision to slash the number of painkilling injections issued on the NHS, doctors have warned.

The Government’s drug rationing watchdog says "therapeutic" injections of steroids, such as cortisone, which are used to reduce inflammation, should no longer be offered to patients suffering from persistent lower back pain when the cause is not known…

…Specialists fear tens of thousands of people, mainly the elderly and frail, will be left to suffer excruciating levels of pain or pay as much as £500 each for private treatment… [LP Note: Page 16 of the Obama health care plan outlaws new private health insurance plans.  Any changes to your current plan, which would certainly happen under the Obama plan, result in you losing your private health insurance entirely.]

…But the British Pain Society, which represents specialists in the field, has written to NICE [LP Note: Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinic Excellence (NICE) is the UK’s equivalent of the national bureaucracy Obama proposes to outline medical decisions for American doctors] calling for the guidelines to be withdrawn after its members warned that they would lead to many patients having to undergo unnecessary and high-risk spinal surgery…

…Dr Jonathan Richardson, a consultant pain specialist from Bradford Hospitals Trust, is among more than 50 medics who have written to NICE urging the body to reconsider its decision, which was taken in May.

He said: "The consequences of the NICE decision will be devastating for thousands of patients. It will mean more people on opiates, which are addictive, and kill 2,000 a year. It will mean more people having spinal surgery, which is incredibly risky, and has a 50 per cent failure rate."

Much of Britain’s system is much like the Obama proposal, whose reliance on rationing will lead to countless stories — and needless suffering — here in the United States.