Skip to comments.August Anniversaries
Posted on 08/19/2009 3:16:24 PM PDT by rogue yam
August, and golden oldies. Serious thought is forbidden this month, which is why every middle-aged pop critic in America is still waxing on Woodstock and talking about how Janis changed the world and Arlo shut down the New York State Thruway, man. The vacuousness of August might explain why the White House thought it was the perfect month to go Kerouacing with Obamacare ending up in Montana, no less.
I wonder how it would play in Paris? After all, this is the month that marks what must surely be one of the most important anniversaries in the history of government-run medicine. But so far, theres been scant mention of the August 2003 heatwave that descended on France and left the nations oldest and weakest citizens to the mercy of a state-run health-care system.
It took almost six months before the French government admitted 15,000 of their most vulnerable citizens died in the heat wave. The bold, new plan promised by Chirac? The government would make sure every hospital has one air-conditioned room. And next time theres a canicule, the government promised, the elderly will be told to avoid going to the hospital and instead go to the movies.
(Excerpt) Read more at article.nationalreview.com ...
A poll taken in France after the event but before the final death toll was made public showed that barely half those asked thought the government should have done better. There was not much of a public debate about the nature of personal responsibility, the obligations of family, the dangers of inflexible bureaucracies, the risks of trusting the government alone to care for the lives of men and women unable to care for themselves.
Dependence on government is not a life to be accepted by a free people.