Skip to comments.Warning: Government-Run Healthcare Is Very Hazardous to Your Health
Posted on 09/24/2013 7:56:49 AM PDT by Kaslin
Back in 2010, I guest-hosted Larry Kudlows CNBC program for a couple of days. During one of the segments on my last show, I crossed swords with the other host, Simon Hobbs, as we argued whether patients needlessly died because of the government-run healthcare system in the United Kingdom.
Since neither one of us had data at our fingertips, it was basically a he-said/he-said exchange.
A few days after that tussle, however, I posted some evidence supporting my side of the discussion.
And over the past few years, Ive posted additional material showing thousands of extra fatalities resulting from the U.K.s government-run healthcare system. Including the fact that hundreds and hundreds of patients are allowed to starve to death!
Today, Im going to administer the coup de grâce. I dont think anybody will be able to pretend that bureaucrats and politicians do a good job after watching this powerful news report from the United Kingdom.
There is a lot of powerful data in that report, but the number that jumps out at me is that death rates are 45 percent higher in the United Kingdom than they are in the United States.
Thats not statistical noise. Thats a huge gulf and it shows a massive failure on the part of government on the other side of the Atlantic.
By the way, none of this is to suggest that the American system is perfect. We have huge problems cause by direct government intervention (programs such as Medicare and Medicaid) and indirect government intervention (with the tax-codes healthcare exclusion being at the top of my list).
So while Englands big-government approach puts people on waiting lines and causes needless deaths, Americas big-government approach causes third-party payer which cripples the free market and leads to high prices and inefficiency.
But if I have to choose between the United States and the United Kingdom, its not even close. The American system is not as screwed up as the British system, though I realize thats damning with faint praise.
Lets close by reminding ourselves that Paul Krugman infamously wrote that, In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. Weve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false. The news report you just watched suggests that hes putting ideology above evidence. And if you want more data (some of it very distressing and tragic), you can click here.
Go to the DMV and see what your DeathCare will be like!!!
Conservatives will be blamed for this terrible turn of events.
It is not and never has been about health care. It is about power and control. You will submit to the government or you will be crushed slowly and surely by the system which also will employ many thousands of government supporters who will always toe the line.
Bingo, why else would obamacare have been written by lawyers and enforced by the IRS. No medical professionals were involved in this mess.