American Elephants

Look at the Evidence! ObamaCare is Not Going to Work! by The Elephant's Child

Congress’ lack on interest in evidence continues to astonish me.  The United Kingdom and Canada’s nationalized health care is continually held up as an example of how very wonderful our ObamaCare will be.  Massachusetts health care has been a model for ObamaCare.  The examples of failures in Britain’s NHS have been longstanding and appalling, but Obama’s recess-appointed CMMS head Dr. Donald Berwick , in charge of Medicare and Medicaid, can hardly contain his enthusiasm for NHS.

— Doctors at the South London Healthcare Trust say that cash flow problems have resulted in vital equipment being unavailable.

A cash crisis in the NHS has left patients lying on the operating table before doctors realised vital equipment had not been ordered, according to a leaked report.

Women in labour have been forced to wait while epidural equipment was borrowed from other hospitals, while other patients have been denied chest drains and radiology supplies, according to doctors at South London Healthcare Trust. Minutes of a meeting between medical staff and the trust’s chief executive say “cash flow” problems at the trust which has a £50 million deficit, mean vital equipment is regularly not ordered.

Patients affected include a woman who had undergone major cancer surgery, and they could not find a bed for her. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s NHS reform is the biggest decentralization of decision-making ever undertaken in any organization.  The bureaucracy of NHS is a nightmare for patients and for doctors and other workers. NHS employees have to face it every day.

— In 2006 Massachusetts enacted a “reform” that became a model for Obama. The results have not been encouraging. The state expanded state-subsidized insurance coverage. but skipped the hard part of controlling costs and making sure that the results improve people’s health. Massachusetts has the highest health insurance premiums in the country. People are gaming the individual mandate by only purchasing insurance when they need medical care.  If liberal Massachusetts cannot make it work for 6½ million people — why do we assume it can work for roughly 310 million citizens?

— Regina, Saskatchewan was the first city in North America to experience government-run health care — the birthplace of Canada’s socialized health care system.  There are dramatic changes going on there.  In British Columbia, the government is moving hospitals to a pay-for-service model that would lead providers to compete with one another.  In Quebec, the premier has endorsed the idea of co-pays for basic services.

According to the Canadian Medical Association, roughly 4 to 5 million people do not have a family physician.  Waits are long, people die while waiting to be seen.  Canada’s population is approximately 34 million compared to the U.S.’s 310 million. Private clinics are popping up all over.  Change is slow and hard, but happening

The evidence does not portray examples of the success of socialized medicine. It isn’t free, whatever they claim; it doesn’t make citizens healthier; the care gradually gets less and less caring; the evidence is compelling — their enthusiasm is not anchored in such claims.  Their goal is something  else entirely.

Why would anyone want to put his family’s health care and well-being in the hands of the government?


Canadian Lindsay McCreith’s Story by The Elephant's Child

Here’s how one Canadian citizen survived brain cancer, and spent $50,000 of his own money at an American hospital in order to survive.

In Canada, under their socialized system, Lindsay would have died before he received treatment. Timely Medical Alternatives helped Lindsay McCreith of Ontario get urgent brain surgery in Buffalo, New York.  From the Timely Medical Alternatives website:

While recognizing that many Canadians believe that we have one of the best health care systems in the world, the founders of Timely Medical Alternatives Inc. also recognize that there are some 875,000 Canadians currently on the waiting list for referrals to specialists or for medical procedures.

Our organization was formed in 2003 to help Canadians from coast to coast, to “Leave the queue” and take personal responsibility for their own private medical services.. Since then we have helped hundreds of Canadians obtain second medical opinions, MRI’s / CT scans / PET scans (within days) and surgery (within weeks). We have helped our clients to regain their mobility, to get relief from chronic pain, to get diagnoses of illnesses and we have, in some cases, helped to save the lives of a number of our fellow Canadians.

Canadian professionals say “Don’t do what we’ve done.  We will lose our escape valve.”


While the U.S. Congress debates whether to set American medicine on the path that Canadians have taken, Canadians are beginning to try to search out their own private option.  So if we get stuck with ObamaCare perhaps we can go to Vancouver or Alberta for better, faster care.

The videos and much of the information come from Gateway Pundit. You will find much more information at his valuable website.

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