Investors Business Daily has just published an invaluable editorial that anyone who cares about our country’s health care should read.
After reminding us of how two children – Charlie Gard and now Alfie Evans – were victimized by the UK health care system, it tells us these truths:
Single Payer Myth
How are such horrors possible? They are possible because decades ago the British bought into the “single-payer” health care myth. It’s the very same myth that leading Democrats are now insisting we import into the U.S.
The promise was that every British citizen would have the “right” to health care, at no cost to them. What they didn’t know, or understand, was that by putting government in control of paying for health care and dispensing this right also gave the government bureaucrats the ability to decide what care gets provides, who can get it, and under what circumstances.
In gaining the “right” to free health care, the British gave up more fundamental rights — among them, life, liberty, and for parents to make life-or-death decisions about their own children.
Worse, decades of government mismanagement have left the British with a sclerotic health care system, one rife with shortages, waste and endless pressure to deny or delay treatments wherever possible.
Just this winter, for example, the NHS ordered hospitals to cancel all nonemergency surgeries while the country dealt with … wait for it … the seasonal flu. Patients routinely wait hours in the emergency room, if they’re lucky, while others die on gurneys left in hallways.
Is that what we want in the USA? With all the problems our current health care system has, is that a better alternative?
If you believe it is, by all means vote for the people who so avidly want to put it in place.
If you do not, by all means vote against them.
It’s as simple as that.