“I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” - Obama
"The smell of urine and sweat." (Dr. David Gratzer in The Cure)
[Note: Cristi Adkins' fine piece )scroll down) on "How You Can Stop Obamamania" got reprinted in the Canada Free Press: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/4081]
You may have heard from Democrats during the primaries what a great plan they have for universal health care. They generally compared US health care unfavorably with the national health plans in countries like Canada, Great Britain, and Germany. The last things they wanted you to know about were the deficiencies of a government-dominated health care systems.The following material is from David Gratzer's book The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care. I urge you to read this explosive study of Canadian and American health systems.
Gratzer is a medical doctor certified in both Canada and the US and currently works and writes in New York City. His book is a compelling read.
In it he says, "In medical school, I learned my most important lesson not in a classroom, but on the way to one. On a cold Canadian morning about a decade ago, late for a class, I cut through a hospital emergency room and came upon dozens of people on stretchers -- waiting, moaning, begging for treatment. Some elderly patients had waited for up to five days in corridors before being admitted to beds. They smelled of urine and sweat. As I navigated past the bodies, I began to question everything I thought I knew about health care -- not only in Canada, but also in the United States. Though I didn't know it then, I had begun a journey into the heart of one of the great policy disasters of modern times."
Gratzer points out that he had grown up in Canada believing its "system was better than America's, with its uneven quality and absurdly high cost."
After he entered medical school, however, his view of Canada's universal health care began to change. He says, "The more I was exposed to the system, the more familiar I became with the shortcomings of government-run health care. I trained in emergency rooms that were chronically, chaotically, dangerously overcrowded, not only in my hometown of Winnipeg, but all across Canada. I met a middle-aged man with sleep problems who was booked for an appointment with a specialist three years later; a man with pain following a simple hernia repair who was referred to a pain clinic with a two-year wait list; a woman with breast cancer who was asked to wait four more months before starting the life-saving radiation therapy. According to the government's own statistics, some 1.2 million Canadians couldn't get a family doctor."
What would I recommend to John McCain and other GOP candidates? Please read the above material verbatim to audiences who might have been attracted to the Democrats' false promise of "free health care." In this life, alas, nothing is free. Everything comes at a cost. one that, in this case, is much too high.
(More to follow on Wednesday. Your Comments are welcome)