Maybe it is because these folks are just used to hearing their Democratic leadership throwing money at everything in sight. School attendance is down? We aren't spending enough on education. Crime is up? Spend more money on welfare and entitlement programs because, obviously, it is economic deprivation that causes crime. 1% of mortgage holders are defaulting on their loans. Quick! Pass a law that authorizes the government to take more of your money to bail out people who shouldn't have been given loans in the first place. Where will it end?
Now I'm hearing that we "need" nationalized healthcare. What a load of horse-cobblers. A huge Liberal friend of mine was constantly crowing about how wonderful Canadian healthcare was. He is a US citizen but travels frequently to Canada. He eventually moved to Canada and took a well paying job in the travel industry. Well one day he fell and fractured his arm (the area between the elbow and the shoulder). It was a compound fracture, meaning that the bone cracked and was poking through the skin. Those are the worst kind to get because of the risk of blood loss and infection. He goes to the hospital and it takes 4 hours just to get a pain killer. Around hour 6 he finally sees a doctor. The doctor says that the earliest they can get him in for an x-ray is 3 weeks. What can he do? He agrees and the doctor bandages him up and puts the arm in a quasi-cast.
The 3 weeks go by and it is agonizing for my friend. He can't sleep, his appetite is gone, he can't do much because the pain is excruciating. The x-rays show that it's broken in 4 spots. They schedule surgery for 1 month later! The surgery is a success but they have to put 4 pins in his arm, which protrude about 1/4 of an inch from the skin. The doctor says that he'll have to keep it this way for another 3 months and then come back to have them removed.
Long story short, it was almost a year before all the surgeries and visits were cleared. Meanwhile he had to suffer constant pain and deal with the horrid bureaucracies that make up Canadian health care. Needless to say, my friend is still a stubborn liberal but is convinced that nationalized health care is a nightmare.
In my experience, you can tell that people who are gung-ho stethoscope socialism have not examined the systems that they adore very closely.
The YouTube video above is not an isolated incident in Canada. Human Events fellow writes eloquently about some of the short-falls in the national healthcare paradigm. The most ringing indictment is this:"Wherever bureaucrats control medicine, the wise money says: “Don’t get sick.”
From Murdock's article:
* Breast cancer is fatal to 25 percent of its American victims. In Great Britain and New Zealand, both socialized-medicine havens, breast cancer kills 46 percent of women it strikes.
* Prostate cancer proves fatal to 19 percent of its American sufferers. In single-payer Canada, the National Center for Policy Analysis reports, this ailment kills 25 percent of such men and eradicates 57 percent of their British counterparts.
* After major surgery, a 2003 British study found, 2.5 percent of American patients died in hospital versus nearly 10 percent of similar Britons. Seriously ill US hospital patients die at one-seventh the pace of those in the U.K.
* “In usual circumstances, people over age 75 should not be accepted” for treatment of end-state renal failure, according to New Zealand’s official guidelines. Unfortunately, for older Kiwis, government controls kidney dialysis.
* According to a Populus survey, 98 percent of Britons want to reduce the time between diagnosis and treatment..
I've quoted from this article before but here are the low-lights on Canadian health care:
* More than 825,000 Canadian citizens are currently on waiting lists for surgery and other necessary treatments.
* According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Canada ranks 24th out of 28 countries in doctors per thousand people.
* Over the past decade, about 11 percent of physicians trained in Canadian medical schools have moved to the United States. That’s because doctors’ salaries in Canada are negotiated, set and paid for by provincial governments and held down by cost-conscious budget analysts. Today, in fact, the average Canadian doctor earns only 42 percent of what a doctor earns in the United States.
* Canada also limits access to common medical technologies. When compared with other OECD countries, Canada is 13th out of 24 in access to magnetic resonance imagings, 18th of 24 in access to computed tomography scanners, and seventh of 17 in access to mammograms.
* In Britain, more than 1 million sick citizens are currently waiting for hospital admission. Another 200,000 are waiting just to get on a waiting list. Each year, Britain’s National Health Service cancels around 100,000 operations.
The government can barely manage itself, let alone a nationalized Health care industry. The only thing we'll see if health care goes socialized is less quality, less doctors and higher death rates - that could have been prevented.