I've always been amazed at how people are so easily convinced that healthcare is THE most important issue that we as humans have to deal with. Well, actually that's not hard to understand. All of us know that health is the most important thing, otherwise what else is there? The problem lies in the mixing of terms. People have come to use "healthcare" as a catch-all for everything but most importantly for the financing of medical treatment. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone that seriously believes that United States on average has poorly trained doctors. Or that hospitals in the U.S. are substandard. Or that treatments are antiquated. What you do find is people that are fed up with the COST of all these things. We're constantly told that other countries do it better. The examples are usually European "social democracies" and Canada. But some, like Michael Moore put Cuba up there as an example too.
One of the things that I always think about when having one of these debates with the nitwits who have bought into the idea of socialized medicine is that people leave those countries to come live here in far greater numbers than Americans go to those places.
I was just looking at the naturalization statistics from 2009 and was interested to see that last year 90,149 Europeans became American citizens. That's a Rose Bowl sized stadium of people that must be too dumb to recognize the great health systems they left behind. Notably 10,060 of them were from Great Britain. Additionally there were 37,130 people from China naturalized, 31,168 from Vietnam, 9,753 from Canada and 24,891 from Cuba, the crown jewel of socialized healthcare propaganda.
I guess all of these people have a death wish or something. Or perhaps what we're being told is wrong. Either the healthcare systems in these "more enlightened" countries aren't what they're cracked up to be or the problems with the financing of healthcare here in America are overstated when compared to other issues like personal and economic freedoms.
Just something to think about on this tax day as we begin to fund the latest giant leap toward the failed policies of other countries. Where will Americans migrate to when we're like most of the rest of the world?