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by Cal Thomas
While the Obama administration offers life support to its Affordable Care Act, in the UK a growing number of people are asking whether it's time to pull the plug on the National Health Service (NHS), which is in critical condition.
For many years the UK media have carried stories that not only bode ill for the future of government-run health care, but also continue to serve as a "code blue" warning to the U.S. as to what might be in our future if we decide to go down that road.
She is not alone.
A headline in The Guardian, declares the NHS "on the brink of extinction."
While in America there are concerns about an insufficient number of younger people signing up for Obamacare, in the UK among the latest causes for concern is a plan that the Guardian writes "...would only see new drugs licensed for NHS if judged to be a benefit to wider society."
Does this sound like a close relative of eugenics? Let us not talk of "death panels," or should we? In the UK, the
Already, according to the Daily Mail, citing a report by the
What's more, stories about incompetence and corruption within the NHS, once the exception, are now common. "Blood donors turned away by clinics' incompetence," says a headline in the Daily Mail.
The NHS was supposed to reduce the number of people who seek treatment in emergency rooms. Instead, the
An editorial in
Dr. Mark Porter, chairman of the council at the
If the NHS can't be sustained in the UK, why would anyone believe an American experience will be different? The ACA, of course, is not nationalized health care (people pay insurance premiums, after all) but some think it could evolve into that.
If it's a question of dogma vs. experience, experience should prevail. The UK experience with nationalized health care can teach America something.
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