This is Why

I’ve always found it annoying when Europeans, who often have never been here and get all their information on us from the TV, decide to pass judgment on us from their high horse. Here’s a recent example:

When we Europeans ā€“ the British included ā€“ contemplate the battles President Obama must fight to reform the US health system, our first response tends to be disbelief. How can it be that so obvious a social good as universal health insurance, so humane a solution to common vulnerability, is not sewn deep into the fabric of the United States? How can one of the biggest, richest and most advanced countries in the world tolerate a situation where, at any one time, one in six of the population has to pay for their treatment item by item, or resort to hospital casualty wards?

The second response, as automatic as the first, is to blame heartless and ignorant Republicans. To Europeans, a universal health system is so basic to a civilised society that only the loony right could possibly oppose it: the people who cling to their guns, picket abortion clinics (when they are not trying to shoot the abortionists) and block funding for birth control in the third world. All right, we are saying to ourselves, there are Americans who think like this, but they are out on an ideological limb.

Then she goes on to say that “The US tolerates more inequality, deprivation and suffering than is acceptable here”. Yeah, what a crock.

I have lived over there and inequality is much more rampant in Europe. Why else do they have these segregated ghettos and “no go” areas? Why would rampant mobs of minority youth go on these crime sprees? Because they’re so happy living in a socialist paradise?

The truth about socialized medicine appears in the British press almost every day. Here’s the latest one. And here’s another. And yet another.

We have medical mishaps in the US, also. But then, we also have state hospitals that have to take in uninsured and those places are over worked, understaffed just like all hospitals will be under Obamacare. Which is why Americans don’t want it. Not because we’re “mean”.

“Universal health care” isn’t. People are denied it based on the prejudices of bureaucrats. If you’re too old, fat, a smoker, whatever, they have excuses why they cut people off. The real reason is the cost of running these massive entitlement bureaucracies eventually bankrupts them, and in the process you have rationing of care. Which is pretty damn “mean”.

Right now the Brits are all defensive because we’ve been using the NHS as an example of how bad Universal Health Care can be when a government runs it. Naturally defenders come out of the woodwork because who likes to admit they are being ripped off? Some young people are deluded about it because they have not had to use it that much. Wait until they have to.

We Americans don’t want to be stuck with such a failing system. No thanks.

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  1. “So obvious a social good”…?
    Obvious to who? What is “humane” about broke, crappy, disease-ridden systems where you die sooner than the “cruel” US system, have your care rationed while you are taxed to the point you can’t go elsewhere (if it’s even allowed)? Where you wait, crippled, 3 to 4 times longer than the US for hip and knee replacements? (And there are dozens of other examples.) Where you are denied treatment because you’re “too old,” after paying into the system all your life? Where the government decides what treatments are approved…and they have proven to have a real habit of turning down anything new or expensive? Where health care is “universal”…except for drugs, prosthetics, dental, glasses, and many other items depending on the country…and so you have to pay for them with the scraps left from your paycheck which has been gutted by new taxes to pay for this “free system”…?? And where are you going to get new drugs, procedures, techniques once you shoot the US system–which now provides the bulk of those to the world–in the head and leave it to die in a socialized hospital?
    Lady, you have the god damned gall to criticize our system just because you feel misery should be spread equally…even guaranteed?
    Screw you.
    Once you strip the dead weight from the famous “50 million uninsured” figure, there are about 6.5 million that could use a bit more help (see here: ). But 85% of all Americans are satisfied with their health care. So you want to strip them of their choice for the sake of 2.7% of the population? You heartless, power-grabbing scum. You don’t want people to have what they want, you want people to be forced to have what you want.
    You people are like communists. When it’s pointed out to you that it’s failed everywhere it’s been tried, you say “Well, we’ll do it right this time. And when we do it’ll be sunshine and lollipops for all! So our imaginary perfect system is better than yours!”
    You people will be the first up against the wall when the revolution comes.

    (Can you tell I’m pissed?)

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