Thursday, March 26, 2009

Socialized Medicine

Last night, I was coming home late, and listening to the Mark Levin Show. Mr. Levin had some snippets from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) paper entitled 10 Surprising Facts about American Health Care. For instance, did you know that:

Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers, or that Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians. How about that lower income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians. You surely knew, didn't you, that Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care innovations. At least you knew that. No? Well then, go read the link above, then spread the word to your friends and family.

I know, I know, the Commiecats are moving on all fronts at an alarming pace, and it's hard to keep up with all the brush fires they are setting at every turn. And the MSM hasn't helped. First it was the British model. Then stories came out that Britain might not be so great after all. Bodies piled up in the basement of one hospital kind of caused people to wonder. But Canada! There was the shining example. But then...oops...Canada turned out to be...well...not so great. Remember the MP who had a serious illness, but decided not to come across the border because it just wouldn't be fair, though it might have saved his life? Sean Penn thinks Cuba is wonderful, and the fact that few facts come out of Cuba makes its health care practices all the more appealing. I don't know about you, but Cuba hasn't done anything right so far, so I am not willing to bet the farm on Cuba. Lately it's been either the Swedes or the Norwegians, I can't keep track.

Here's the thing. Socialism never has worked. It is a failed business model, and having just the right person at the top leading the charge will not help the fact that it is a failed business model. Medicine has costs. Those costs could be lowered with serious tort reform that gets rid of the jackpot scheme we now have, gets rid of most class action lawsuits, and makes the loser pay the costs of the winner for his defense. We can also tinker with the health care system at the margins, but in the end, we have the finest health care system in the world, bar none. Don't mess with success.

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