It's always interesting to see an Obamacare supporter forced to see the reality of life under nationalised health care. As a resident of Great Britain, and having had experience of the British National Health Service (NHS), it has amazed me to see Democrats and the left in America claim that nationalising healthcare will make it quicker, cheaper and more efficient. One does not need to be a scholar to know that that claim is completely and utterly in the land of fantasy! Yet they still argue it!
A beautiful example of this took place this month on the Rosie O'Donnell show. A Canadian caller was speaking about her inability to get a gastric bypass, and mentioned that it had taken several years for her to see a surgeon for it under the Canadian universal health care system that hardcore leftists like O'Donnell think is the greatest thing since sliced bread. O' Donnell's inability to even comprehend the fact that this woman had waiten years to see a specialist for a non urgent op is hysterical. Take a listen to the call.
The best moment in this for me is when Rosie asks the caller if she couldn't have just "asked" to be moved up the waiting list! Yeh, because it is that simple Rosie! Even here in Britain, waiting times have been reduced but they are still extremely long. Admittedly seven years is a long time, even for a government run health system, but I was listening to Labour leader Ed Miliband on the radio this morning saying that Labour's biggest achievement was to make sure that "most" people do not have to wait longer than 5 months to see a specialist! 5 months! And that is an achievement that has required unprecedented amounts of money pumped into the NHS for decades! He doesn't even mention what happens to people who don't manage to get in under 5 months, or how long it takes to actually get the operation itself!
In fairness to Ed Miliband, waiting times used to be a lot longer than that, but the fact that a 5 month waiting list for "most" people is seen as an achievement for a heavily funded nationalised healthcare system should be a massive klaxon for American readers who might be being swayed by the leftist arguments that health services will get better not worse under Obamacare, and that it will get cheaper in the process.
What is scary is that there are so many loud mouthed activists for Obamacare like O'Donnell, who will talk about how wonderful we Brits have healthcare, and how amazing the Canadian system is, and (laughably) how good the Cuban system in, and yet they don't have even the slightest clue as to how these systems work in reality. Yet they are still quite happy to enforce this system on the American public.
Make sure it doesn't happen - repeal the damn bill!