U.S. heads down the dark tunnel Britain is trying to escape
So there you are, out for a hike in the woods. You’re hugging the ridge line, admiring the stunning rock formations on a small cliff wall, when you come across a tunnel leading into the side of the hill. Upon examination, you realize that it is an old mine entrance. Just then, two gaunt, bedraggled, desperate hikers stagger out of it, blinking from the bright light. Their skin is white from lack of sun. Their clothes are in tatters. As you give them water and rations from your pack, they tell you of their harrowing tale—of how they got turned around in the tunnel, lost their light, and had to survive on rats and heavily mineralized water dipping down the cave walls.
Now, do you . . .
A) seal up the mine entrance and put up a warning sign for all to see, or
B) stumble blindly into the tunnel, just to see what it’s like?
Filmmaker Michael Moore glorified the United Kingdom’s National Health Service in his 2007 documentary ”Sicko,” making a cult film argument that socialized medicine works. But Prime Minister David Cameron, the Tory MP who heads a coalition government in England, is apparently not a Moore fan: He is working to partially privatize the NHS, beginning a massive outsourcing of medical services to private health care providers throughout the U.K.
Britain’s media, in particular the Washington Post–Huffington Post hybrid The Guardian, is publishing near-panic-attacks alerts daily about the conservative plan, which comes as the British government scales back on entitlement spending, hoping to avoid a Greek-style financial meltdown.
But in the United States, left-wing enthusiasts of socialized medicine don’t seem bothered at the loss of a role model. Many won’t even acknowledge it.
“I handle media and public relations for the Catholic Health Association,” Fred Caesar told The Daily Caller. “We will pass on commenting.” Caesar is special assistant to the president of the CHA, a vocal advocate of President Obama’s health care overhaul.
In spite of opposition from a frightened and indoctrinated British public, Cameron sees the writing on the wall. Government cannot afford to be in the health business indefinitely, and while it is, it ends up being a poor provider. Oh, it’ll work for a short time, but eventually, the chickens come home to roost. And the chickens with cancer usually have to wait too long for diagnostic testing, and don’t make it.
Congratulations, Mr. Obama. Saner voices in Great Britain are finally learning what a bad place they’ve been in for years, and that place is exactly where you want us all to go.
image: Graham Cole