The “Lies” About Socialized Medicine
You mean like this story, just to grab one from the headlines this week? “A young mother gave birth on a pavement outside a hospital after she was told to make her own way there,” the Daily Mail reported. Carmen Blake went into labor unexpectedly, the paper reports, and called for an ambulance. Walk, she was told, since it was only 100 meters. “Her daughter Mariah was delivered on a pavement outside the hospital by a passer-by, just before ambulance crews arrived.”
Or this story, surely a wholesale fiction, in the Telegraph, about the Alzheimer patient who couldn’t get a home health aide because “because her condition was a ‘social’ rather than ‘health’ problem,” authorities said. The family won reimbursement only after their mother was bedridden and her house lost.
And surely the Telegraph was making it up when it reported that thousands of emergency patients were left waiting for hours in ambulances outside emergency rooms. This wasn’t new: For years, hospitals are fiddling with their performance stats in this way, the Daily Mail surely lied.
Paul Krugman said it’s all false, so I’m sure it was.
He also said that Canadians are happier with their health care than Americans are. Well, no: In fact, they like the price but don’t like the waits. And if you try asking parallel questions in the two countries, you find that Canadians’ satisfactions about the quality of their care and their ability actually to see a doctor is much closer to that of uninsured Americans than to insured ones. Insured Canadians are only slightly happier about health care than uninsured wretches here.
And all that for a system that’s financially “imploding,” as the incoming head of the Canadian Medical Association put it the other day. “(Canadians) have to understand that the system that we have right now -- if it keeps on going without change -- is not sustainable,” said Anne Doig, a family doctor from Saskatchewan. “Our system is crumbling around us,” she told a newspaper the other day -- and she’s a fan of government-run care.
Krugman, of course, is just throwing up blather, utterly refusing to engage with facts. This is one reason Obamacare just isn’t flying with the public: So many of its advocates, first, can’t conceal that they’d really prefer a single-payer, straight-up government-run system. And then those advocates tell you that the news stories you’re reading about Canada having to fly mothers in labor to small-town Montana to find hospital space are just fiction.
It’s not loud dissent that’s sinking the president’s dreams; it’s the overwhelming sound of cognitive dissonance, instead.