[February 9, 2009 @ 9:13 am] Stuart Browning

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.


  1. Wow Says:

    Wow, that’s really sad. But that’s not how Obama’s plan would work. One would still have the option to pay for such procedures themselves, or have their own insurance pay for it. Good try, though.

  2. um Says:

    what if he was unable to afford it himself? he was definitely NOT “too old” to enjoy the benefits.

    and if the government starts paying for medical care, then insurance premiums will go up even more.

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