John Stossel on “Free” Health Care

Thursday, July 2, 2009
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Here’s John Stossel’s column on the problems of rationing in socialized health care systems such as England and Canada.

In America, people wait in emergency rooms, too, but it’s much worse in Canada. If you’re sick enough to be admitted, the average wait is 23 hours.

“We can’t send these patients to other hospitals. Dr. Eric Letovsky told us. “Every other emergency department in the country is just as packed as we are.”

More than a million and a half Canadians say they can’t find a family doctor. Some towns hold lotteries to determine who gets a doctor. In Norwood, Ontario, “20/20″ videotaped a town clerk pulling the names of the lucky winners out of a lottery box. The losers must wait to see a doctor.

See this disturbing video from John Stossel (from 2008) on the dreadful Canadian health care system. He talks about the “illegal” for-profit medical clinics springing up across the country giving people an option to get quality health care. He also interviews David Gratzer, author of The Cure. Gratzer describes himself as a guy who “liked Canada’s government health care until he started treating patients.” Also, note the part where he looks Michael Moore in the eye and makes reference to his obesity.

Meanwhile, Obama continues along his path of ruination, expropriating and socializing every aspect of the American economy that he can get his hands around, and of course he has promised to destroy and socialize our health care system by the end of this year. It’s pathetic that I see Americans cheering this on because “free” health care means they can free up some of their budget for trinkets and junk and dump their health care costs into the collective pot.

Then there’s this story on ABC that asks “Who should pay for obese health care?” How about the easy answer – the obese can pay for their own obesity. Private industry is having to develop cranes and ramps for their ambulances so that they can transport the morbidly obese. A woman from the special interest group Obesity Action Coalition thinks that raising the costs of such medical transportation in porder to pay for the development of the specialized equipment is “discriminatory.” In other words, costs should be flat across the board and subsidized by thin people who require no special transportation needs. Perhaps if she were to fly from Detroit to Chicago, and I were to fly from Detroit to Istanbul, Turkey, we could pool the costs thereby eliminating “discriminatory” pricing and making my flight more affordable.

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6 Responses to John Stossel on “Free” Health Care

  1. Shannon says:

    July 2nd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I am all too familiar with Canada’s socialized medicine. I grew up there and rarely saw a doctor. There were long waits to see specialists and the nearest medical center was 50 miles, if I was lucky. Even though it is far from from perfect here, health care is much more accessible here. Apparently there is a bill in the Senate A proposed new law that will fine persons who refuse to purchase health coverage-truly absurd. Nothing is free and socialism has failed historically. In the UK, the national health system is on the brink of disaster. Patients there are not even able to get something as simple as an emergency ultrasound. A sign of things to come.

  2. clark says:

    July 2nd, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    “…There were long waits to see specialists and the nearest medical center was 50 miles, if I was lucky…A proposed new law that will fine persons who refuse to purchase health coverage…” It seems as if those in charge want people to die off from lack of care, that‘s why they choose Socialistic medicine, it’s cheaper that way and there is some kind of defense of plausible deniability. If those in charge cannot afford to pay for the aging nation, they won’t, but it won‘t look like they won‘t.
    While their at it, the younger generations will be made to pay, pushed down and held down. Americans are known to tolerate a whole lot of holding down for long periods of time, just as our leaders of long ago told us so.
    And Americans are just too brain-dead to figure out how badly they are being had, cheering for their own financial destruction. Pathetic. Just as Mogambo Guru says, “we are freaking doomed.”

  3. Brando says:

    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Fatboy Michael Moore better lose weight or he will be made into Soylent Green in the very near future.

  4. SamM says:

    July 3rd, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Ahhh good ol John Stossel,

    I think he’s first broadcasts on libertarian ideas, like “is america number 1″ and “greed” were what first made into a libertarian. By the time I was a senior in high school I scored libertarian on a questionnaire my econ teacher gave the class. It turns out my teacher was a libertarian too. What luck!

    But hey, maybe there is an upside to socialized healthcare enacted in America. It might become so bad, more people may turn to alternative medicine and self-care, since most of the mainstream health standards in diet, drugs, and complex disease control is all based on corrupt political BS and not real science anyway. More people could just opt out completely as they should (

    This is, of course, assuming the feds don’t reign in on alternative health care (but common! like they’ll EVER do that!)

  5. Bruce says:

    July 3rd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for the link to that ABC news story by J Stossel.
    The whole thing is just plain scary. What is the matter with people? Don’t they see what could happen in the USA if these Obama plans become law?
    The level of pure stupidity in this country is unbelievable! …the younger 20-something people I know only want health insurance IF THEY DON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR IT (duh)
    As many as 15 million of the quote “Uninsured” are ILLEGAL ALIENS according to many reputable estimates. Another significant percentage are only without insurance during part of a calendar year. They are NOT permanently uninsured.
    So, for these NON REASONS, we will uproot a system that has served us well for generations?????? Have we lost our minds?

  6. Josh Long says:

    August 1st, 2009 at 1:07 am

    I like John Stossel, but being a canadian in southern ontario I have to say a lot of the opinions on canadian heath care are pretty off the mark, and misleading. I broke my leg a few years ago, I had the necessary surgery to get it fixed within the week. I needed to get an MRI the day I needed to see the doctor, and I got it that day. To get the MRI I did need to bump someone else, but because my appointment was urgent I got ahead of them.
    I’m not saying it’s not without problems; but no one can say to what degree these problems are the result of government waste, and what problems are simply because we have a much smaller population than the United States and therefore less people to fund our healthcare system.

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