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Cuba's Health Care Utopia Crumbles
American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property ^ | August 30, 2012 | Gary J. Isbell

Posted on 09/04/2012 6:25:13 AM PDT by rrstar96

Liberal socialistic politicians consistently promise utopia and deliver misery. One way they do this is by pointing to “successful” programs in socialist nations as models for American problems. Cuba’s wonderful universal health care program has been one of these models for decades. But now it seems this program — sometimes touted as better than our own medical system — is now in shambles and facing more financial cuts.

Raul Castro is even attempting to educate the population of the need to economize the country’s failing health care system. He has run a series of ads that have a common theme titled, “Your health care is free, but how much does it cost?”

Well, it seems it does not cost much when compared to a civilized country’s standards, but for a failed communist economy, it is a hefty sum. Cuba spends $190 million per year on its citizens’ medical bills. With a population of over a little more than 11 million, that comes to about $17 per person per year according to recent figures released from Cuba.

Castro’s cynicism goes so far as to remind Cuban citizens to be grateful for the “free” health care they receive. This insult is made all the worse by the fact that the money used to provide Cuba’s “free” health care comes from its citizens. Even this money is mismanaged by a corrupt government that administrates a poorly run system.

In addition to mismanagement, Cuba is suffering from the demise of the Soviet Union, which used to provide vast subsidies to Cuba, as a way to prop up the fraud that Communism was a success under the Castros.

Lest anyone be slightly tempted to think that Castro really has figured out a scheme to keep costs down and beat the free market in efficiency and quality, think twice. A Cuban medical specialist earns an average of $25 a month and Cuban patients often bring their own bed sheets, hypodermic needles, food and water.

The result is rampant corruption among those in the medical profession. Many doctors collect for their services under the table. On their part, many patients feign illnesses to hoard medicine for future use since pharmacies routinely run out of medication.

The difference between Cuba and the U.S. could not be greater. The U.S. is still one of the main leaders in medical advancements and quality care. With an annual expense of $2.3 trillion per year and a population of 311.5 million, its per capita costs are $7,383. American medical professionals receive the highest compensation for their services and provide some of the best care in the world for that compensation, which is the direct result of a free market with competition. It is no wonder that so many people still come to the U.S. for medical treatments, especially from countries that have socialized health care.

Now it seems that even Cuba has been mugged by a high dose of reality that is squeezing what little “utopia” remains, out of their universal health care. One wonders why the likes of Michael Moore and company would want to tailor the American health care system after the failed systems implemented in Cuba, North and South Korea, Canada or England? Karl Marx once said that; “religion is the opium of the people,” it would have been more accurate had he said that socialism is the opium of the ignorant.


TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: communism; cuba; healthcare; obamacare; socialism; socializedhealthcare; socializedmedicine

1 posted on 09/04/2012 6:25:21 AM PDT by rrstar96
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To: rrstar96

I always wondered why Jimmy Carter never went to Cuba for his own health care needs.


2 posted on 09/04/2012 6:28:17 AM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: rrstar96

Collectivism doesn’t work? Gedouttahea.


3 posted on 09/04/2012 6:32:08 AM PDT by lurk
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To: rrstar96

It never did.

The “people” were never allowed inside those great medical facilities that Moore was touting.


4 posted on 09/04/2012 6:33:53 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: rrstar96
Your health care is free, but how much does it cost?”

Sigh.

Would have been a great soundbyte during the Obamacare fight.

5 posted on 09/04/2012 6:34:32 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: rrstar96

Government health care.... Because is works SO WELL everywhere else!!!


6 posted on 09/04/2012 6:36:26 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: rrstar96

How far could it have fallen?

http://www.therealcuba.com/Page10.htm


7 posted on 09/04/2012 6:38:02 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Lazamataz

A few weeks ago I was talking about a family that had to take bankruptcy over the medical bills of their premie (who’s well and 9 yrs old today),

and my libinlaw said that 0bamacare would have solved that.

Room full of people, not wanting to be rude, mind on other things, so I didn’t say “I’m sure they prefer a live child and bankruptcy to a dead one that was refused care because it was too expensive for the system.”

She wouldn’t have believed it anyway.


8 posted on 09/04/2012 6:38:07 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: Lazamataz

You are right. It would have been wonderful during our initial fight. However, we will be fighting this beast for a while yet, so maybe it is a bite that we can use in the battle(s) ahead.

Let’s remember the words of R Castro in coming days:

“YOUR HEALTH CARE IS FREE, BUT HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?”
R Castro


9 posted on 09/04/2012 6:45:19 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. EdmondBurke)
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To: rrstar96

Socialism is the opium of the envious. The Bible calls it “covetousness,” which is against God’s commandment. No nation built on covetousness can endure.


10 posted on 09/04/2012 6:48:49 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

Socialism -

“He has more than you do!” (10)
“You don’t have enough because he has it all” (9)
“Elect me and I’ll take it from him” (8)
“And if he refuses, we’ll force it from him” (6)
“And all that wisdom of the Founders? pshaaah!” (5)


11 posted on 09/04/2012 6:52:42 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: rrstar96

Well, it must be Bush’s fault! A failure of the unbridled free market!

Wait, that doesn’t work for everything?


12 posted on 09/04/2012 6:56:30 AM PDT by hitkicker (The only thing worse than a politician is a child molester)
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To: rrstar96

Oh no! Where’s Michael Moore going to get his gastric bypass and genital enlargement surgery now?


13 posted on 09/04/2012 7:07:10 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Hoodat

“I always wondered why Jimmy Carter never went to Cuba for his own health care needs.”

I always wanted Carter to go to Cuba and stay there.


14 posted on 09/04/2012 7:09:35 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Hoodat

I think I am liking Raul Castro’s health care policy better than Romney’s.


15 posted on 09/04/2012 7:09:47 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: lowbridge

At your link, I noticed an article about Cuban doctors being sold off to other countries (e.g., Angola).

Isn’t this what the UK’s NHS is getting ready to unfold? I’ve heard they want to “export” their health care internationally (which exposes their Olympics opening ceremony show as really an advertisement)


16 posted on 09/04/2012 7:20:15 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: rrstar96
BLUF - Socialism and its program work only as long as there is outside money to pay for it.

Dame Thatcher had it right!

At the macro level we are seeing that in Europe as well as Cuba.

At the micro level we are seeing that in California as cities there are filling for bankruptcy.

If this failure due to lack of outside support occurs at both the high and low ends of the political theory called socialism across the spectrum of social experience how could we think it will work here?

Oh, yes, I forgot. It will work for US because we can throw more money at it until it does succeed. Hmmm. What's the next order of magnitude beyond trillion? (hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, trillions, ...)

17 posted on 09/04/2012 7:31:59 AM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: Lazamataz
This version was used often...

“You think healthcare is expensive now, wait ‘til it's free!”

18 posted on 09/04/2012 7:32:32 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: rrstar96


19 posted on 09/04/2012 7:40:41 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: MrB
She wouldn’t have believed it anyway.

*sigh* Yeah.

That only happens to other (read ghetto) people's babies...

20 posted on 09/04/2012 7:42:49 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1324 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: null and void

Seriously, they believe, and won’t listen to anything to the contrary, that under 0bamacare, all healthcare is free on demand.


21 posted on 09/04/2012 7:44:32 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: Nip

Quadrillion, but do NOT tell obame-me-me...


22 posted on 09/04/2012 7:53:53 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1324 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: MrB

Wow. Then there is nothing you can do for it except get a divorce and move far far far away from your ex-inlaws.


23 posted on 09/04/2012 7:56:11 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1324 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: null and void

Nope.
My wife and I are of one mind, and one of our family themes is “it begins with us”.


24 posted on 09/04/2012 8:04:25 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: MrB

You could still fake your deaths and move far far far away.

(The important part is the move far far far away bit)...


25 posted on 09/04/2012 8:09:28 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1324 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

As PJ O’Rourke said, “In Cuba health care is free, and it’s worth every penny.”


26 posted on 09/04/2012 8:12:11 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: rrstar96

I believe Cuba is where Michael Moore goes for his medical care, right?


27 posted on 09/04/2012 9:00:42 AM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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To: rrstar96

“Cuba’s Health Care Utopia Crumbles”

ObamaCare, having progressed “forward” to its full application...


28 posted on 09/04/2012 9:35:09 AM PDT by Road Glide
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To: rrstar96

bm


29 posted on 09/04/2012 9:41:32 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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