The New York Times has once again proven that propaganda can make anything look good, including communist Cuba’s abysmal “healthcare” system. You’d have to be a fool or a communist apparatchik (and in many cases both) to suggest Cuba’s “universal healthcare” is worthy of emulation by the U.S.
Copying the existing healthcare system in Cuba in the United States would lead to more deaths
Don’t buy the hype or the lies.
Nicholas Kristof’s January 18, 2019 OpEd in The New York Times, “Why Infants May Be More Likely to Die in America Than Cuba” is an irresponsible work of fiction that reproduces false statistics provided by the Cuban dictatorship to justify its 60 year old dictatorship.This is but the latest chapter in a long romance with the Cuban dictatorship by the Gray Lady.
Kristof cites the questions about Cuban government statistics and dismisses them by citing that the World Health Organization and the United Nations have praised the Cuban health care system. He fails to mention that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is being sued for conspiring “with the Cuban government to collect millions of dollars by unlawfully trafficking Cuban doctors to Brazil.” (PAHO is the Regional Office for the Americas for the World Health Organization [WHO], and is recognized internationally as a part of the United Nations system.) According to a November 29, 2018 article by Frances Robles, in The New York Times, PAHO “made about $75 million off the work of up to 10,000 Cuban doctors who earned substandard wages in Brazil.”
The Cuban doctors were also separated from their families. The Castro regime feared that if they went to work abroad with their families, the doctors would be less likely to return to Cuba.
Kristof is trying to make the case for a “free, universal health care system”, but a question arises: Why look at Cuba’s with its questionable data and repressive dictatorship? There are other Latin American countries with universal healthcare such as Costa Rica, and Chile. Their infant mortality rates are good, but not better than the United States. Although, Chile’s is almost equal to the U.S. Incidentally, if you believe Cuba’s infant mortality rate numbers, than a lecture needs to be made to Canada, because America’s neighbor to the North also has a higher infant mortality rate then Cuba’s (despite Canada having a free, universal health care system.)
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