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More Joys of Socialized Medicine

From the wondrous, miraculous, and highly efficient UK socialized health care system, we are brought the case of an elderly woman who was taken of the waiting list for an operation because she dared to consult a private physician.

From the Daily Mail:

A woman with crippling back pain who has been waiting months for an operation was removed from the NHS waiting list because she had a private consultation.

Breast cancer survivor Jenny Whitehead was told by her NHS trust in December last year that she would have to wait five months before she could see an orthopaedic surgeon after a scan revealed a cyst on her spine.

Having suffered back pain since 2008 and unable to face months of waiting in pain, she decided to pay £250 for a private session with the same doctor the following week.

He assured the 64-year- old retired museum assistant that he would add her to his NHS waiting list for an operation to have the growth removed.

But she was shocked when Bradford and Airedale NHS Trust told her she had been taken off the waiting list because her private consultation disqualified her from any further NHS treatment under that referral.

With service like that, I am shocked and amazed and astounded that we haven’t completely and unquestioningly adopted that system over here. (Yes, that was pure snark.)

Hat tip: Van Helsing at Moonbattery.

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The Obamacare Abomination: Backlash

Sure, Obamacare has been passed and will likely be signed into law. We’ve seen some of the conservative responses, but there is still some recourse to strike the bill down, and there will be a massive backlash against the progressive Democrats for this. Legal challenges to the constitutionality of Obamacare — mostly against the individual mandate — are already underway. I can also see a November election cycle where Republicans win (easily) on a “repeal the bill” platform. Either way, it is highly likely that those who supported and voted for this bill will face dire political consequences. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Obamacare Abomination: Reactions

The Obamacare bill has passed, and the President will likely sign it into law soon. The results and ramifications of this will spell disaster for our country, politically and economically. But, there’s time for that later. For now, Republicans, conservatives, and the majority of Americans, who all opposed this massive intrusion into the private sector, have suffered a major loss. Here are some reactions to the passing of the bill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stupak Folds, House Passes

Referring to this as being “passed” by the House seems rather appropriate.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in urging her colleagues to vote yes, reading from a letter that Kennedy left to be read by Obama after Kennedy’s death. “Senator Kennedy wrote that access to health care was the great unfinished business of our society – that is, until today,” said Pelosi.

No word on whether they will place particular emphasis on funding for water rescues in honor of Kennedy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Harry Reid, Dan Riehl, and Bad Taste (Updated)

I’ve covered the whole debacle with Dan Riehl and his comments regarding Harry Reid’s wife here. Riehl had written a satire piece in which he asks whether Reid’s wife should be euthanized, because of the the cost of her health care.

Here’s what I said:

Riehl is making the point like this: if abortion is good because it saves health care dollars, then why are we paying for back and neck surgery on a 69-year-old woman, who will have to go through years of physical therapy? Because since Harry Ried is a Senator, his health care is covered by taxpayer money also. You follow?

Does Dan Riehl really want Harry Reid’s wife to be euthanized? I surely hope not, and I doubt it. But the shock of the statement makes a point of the absurdity of the Democratic position. It also reminds us that in places like the UK, that have socialized medicine, the elderly are often denied health care because they aren’t worth the cost to the system. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dan Riehl: Euthanize Harry Reid’s Wife

Dan Riehl, a conservative blogger who hosts Riehl World View, has stepped in it a bit deep. He apparently has made some rather unpleasant comments regarding Harry Reid’s wife, who was severely injured in a recent traffic accident. The Left-wing blogs and propaganda media sites, which as a matter of course celebrate the death or injury of notable conservatives, have now decided that morality is important, and that Riehl doesn’t have any.

Well, what did Riehl say? Well, he asked a question: “Isn’t it time to euthanize Reid’s wife?”

Sounds pretty bad. Well, I think it was supposed to. You see, the Left has left out something very important: the little part in which Riehl was criticizing leftist positions. To writ: Democrats want to include provisions for government-funded abortion and birth control in the Obamacare bill because if more babies are born, it will cost too much. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canadian Politician Explains Surgery in US

A while back there was a bit of a fuss over the fact that a Canadian politician abandoned the esteemed socialized medical system of Canadia to come to the US for heart surgery. Well, Danny Williams has defended his actions, and that defense is based upon a simple fact: the health care available in America is better than in Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

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