If you want to know how the British public was tricked into accepting socialized medicine, watch this little nugget of pro-NHS propaganda. Note the similarities between these lies and the whoppers now being told to U.S. voters:
Hmm … Odd that they neglect to mention waiting lists, ambulance stacking, denied medications or the retail price at which the NHS assesses the average Brit’s life.
In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, Nadeem Esmail of Canada’s Fraser Institute warns Americans about the rationing that will inevitably come courtesy of “Universal Healthcare”:
Bill Murray waited in pain for more than a year to see a specialist for his arthritic hip. The specialist recommended a “Birmingham” hip resurfacing surgery (a state-of-the-art procedure that gives better results than basic hip replacement) as the best medical option. But government bureaucrats determined that Mr. Murray, who was 57, was “too old” to enjoy the benefits of this procedure and said no. In the end, he was also denied the opportunity to pay for the procedure himself in Alberta.
Yesterday, I pointed out that the SCHIP tobacco tax is a device designed to force poor people to buy insurance for members of the middle class. Anyone still doubting that should consider our President’s latest executive order:
President Barack Obama made more children from middle-class families eligible for government health insurance Thursday by lifting a directive imposed by his predecessor.
Obama’s “predecessor” tried to reserve SCHIP funds for the low-income kids at whom the program was originally aimed. He wanted the states to cover poor kids before they started covering middle class families:
Under the [Bush] restrictions, at least 95 percent of poor children eligible for Medicaid or SCHIP had to already be in those programs before states could begin using federal funds to cover higher-income children.
But our new President has different goals. He and his accomplices in Congress are using the SCHIP program as a Trojan Horse for universal, government-run health care.
Not that they care about health care any more than they care about poor kids. For them it’s just another vote buying scheme.
+ May 2009
+ May 2008
+ May 2007