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Another Horror Story about Government-Run Healthcare that Canít Possibly Be True
Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2011 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 01/01/2012 8:20:11 AM PST by Kaslin

Paul Krugman has told us that awful stories about government-run healthcare in Britain “are false.”

I guess this means that the media must be dominated by conservative liars, since we keep getting reports about substandard care and needless deaths (see herehereherehereherehereherehere, here and here).

And the Boston Globe and Associated Press must be part of this vast right-wing conspiracy, because the Globe just ran an AP report exposing more problems in England. Here is an excerpt.

When David Evans needed a hernia operation, the 69-year-old farmer became so alarmed by the long wait that he used an ultrasound machine for pregnant sheep on himself, to make sure he wasn’t getting worse. It was only after repeated calls from himself, his doctor and his local member of parliament that the hospital performed the surgery, nearly a year after it was first requested. Under government guidelines, he should have started getting treatment within 18 weeks. “I was in quite a lot of pain,’’ Evans said of his ordeal in Cornwall, southwest England. “It really restricted what I could do around the farm since I couldn’t lift anything heavy.’’ Across Britain, an increasing number of patients like Evans are facing more pain and longer waits.

The deep flaws in the British system, by the way, do not imply that the American system is ideal. As I’ve explained, the U.S. system also is heavily dominated by government, causing a massive third-party payer problem.

(h/t: Reason)

Government Insiders Rip Off Taxpayers…Again

I’ve written many times about politicians and bureaucrats screwing taxpayers with lavish compensation packages, but this story from Philadelphia is jaw dropping.

Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco is retiring Friday, but only so she can collect a $478,057 pension check and return to work Monday, when she will be sworn in for her seventh term. Tasco was one of six Council members to enroll in the city’s controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, better known as DROP. She did not immediately return a request for comment. …When DROP was introduced during the Rendell administration, it was thought that it would cost little or nothing. But a study by the administration of Mayor Nutter said DROP had cost the city $258 million over 10 years.

Remember stories like this every time ones of these reprehensible politicians claim that spending has been cut to the bone and taxes have to be raised.

Dan Mitchell



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: healthcare; leftwinglunatic; obamacare; paulkrugman; socialism; socialisthealthcare
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(The entire title is: Another Horror Story about Government-Run Healthcare that Can’t Possibly Be True According to Paul Krugman)
1 posted on 01/01/2012 8:20:17 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

You should read about Paul Krugman on Newsbusters. The man is an imbecile (an idiot for those of you in Rosa Linda)


2 posted on 01/01/2012 8:22:51 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Kaslin

Former Enron advisor Paul Krugman should move to the UK, sign up for their illustrious NHS and then it’s only a matter of time before he joins Walter Duranty for tea.

Very HOT tea.


3 posted on 01/01/2012 8:28:00 AM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: SkyDancer

Ummm...that’s “Rio Linda,” Mr. Sky.


4 posted on 01/01/2012 8:29:24 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Ummmmm, ‘kay - too early in the morning and the caffeine hasn’t kicked in yet. R/Janey


5 posted on 01/01/2012 8:31:57 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Kaslin

Well, I know a lot of people that would disagree with Mr Krugman, including a few NHS employes.


6 posted on 01/01/2012 8:33:35 AM PST by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: Kaslin

‘Paul Krugman has told us that awful stories about government-run healthcare in Britain “are false.”’

No they’re not. As a chronic sufferer of several digestive diseases, I’m on discussion fora a lot. Many foreigners are there for support, too. Some of them go off on tirades about how they are put off forever getting tests, new doctors, etc. Some of them tell us how it is, then say they’re satisfied even though to me it looks like a cruddy deal (kind of like Wal-Mart shoppers being satisfied since they’re used to being treated like criminals whereas they’ve never been to Nordstrom).


7 posted on 01/01/2012 8:34:00 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: SkyDancer

Take a look at the first key word


8 posted on 01/01/2012 8:34:25 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

http://www.sucks.org.uk/forum/


9 posted on 01/01/2012 8:41:49 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Kaslin

It needs to be emphasized that in Britain, if you are willing to pay a private doctor for health care, you can. So those who suffer most are the poor, or those unwilling to spend their own money after paying high taxes for health care. Also, if you use a private doctor, you may lose your access to the NHS.

Though the rot in the NHS is bad, a far worse situation exists in Canada where you must leave the country to get good, private health care, as the government does not permit the private alternative in the country. While Britain is a disaster, Canada will be a worse disaster in the long run. It only looks better right now because so many Canadians cross the border for their medical needs.


10 posted on 01/01/2012 8:45:01 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Kaslin

Paul Krugman’s writing pales in comparison to that found on street signs.


11 posted on 01/01/2012 8:46:58 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

Whenever his name comes on any subject that he comments on I know he’s grossly misinformed and what he says is idiotic.


12 posted on 01/01/2012 8:49:29 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Kaslin

Krugman is a member of the PLO - Pathological Liars O-nonymous!


13 posted on 01/01/2012 8:52:01 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
a far worse situation exists in Canada where you must leave the country to get good, private health care ...
My son's brother-in-law is a doctor and spent a year in Vancouver, BC on a Fellowship.
His comments can be boiled down to - it really is worse than we hear.
14 posted on 01/01/2012 8:55:29 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Kaslin

” (Philadelphia) Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco is retiring Friday, but only so she can collect a $478,057 pension check and return to work Monday, when she will be sworn in for her seventh term. Tasco was one of six Council members to enroll in the city’s controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, better known as DROP. She did not immediately return a request for comment. …When DROP was introduced during the Rendell administration, it was thought that it would cost little or nothing. But a study by the administration of Mayor Nutter said DROP had cost the city $258 million over 10 years.”

Just another crooked Black Politician ripping off her “people.” But she has to get in line behind the Black superintendent of public schools in Pittsburgh who just took nearly a million dollar “buyout” of her contract to get rid of her, and then had the temerity to file for unemployment benefits!


15 posted on 01/01/2012 9:06:27 AM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: SkyDancer

LOL

That’s Rio Linda for those living there....


16 posted on 01/01/2012 9:08:27 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SkyDancer

LOL

Rosa Linda is that cute girl at the Tecate Bar....


17 posted on 01/01/2012 9:09:13 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: vette6387
But she has to get in line behind the Black superintendent of public schools in Pittsburgh who just took nearly a million dollar “buyout” of her contract to get rid of her, and then had the temerity to file for unemployment benefits!

lol..."Pride"? "Shame"? What are these strange words you speak?

18 posted on 01/01/2012 9:09:24 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Kaslin
I have a young 2nd cousin who is a pharmacist at a London hospital. I'll bet he could tell us some tales, (if he would).
19 posted on 01/01/2012 9:10:19 AM PST by Ditter
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To: the OlLine Rebel

>>(kind of like Wal-Mart shoppers being satisfied since they’re used to being treated like criminals whereas they’ve never been to Nordstrom).<<

I’ve been snobbed out at Nordstroms, but I get your point.


20 posted on 01/01/2012 9:15:16 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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