In Canada, which has far less access to advanced medical technology than the United States, waiting for treatment is also a common occurrence, as reflected in these headlines: "Surgery Postponed Indefinitely for 1,000 Kelowna Patients" (Globe and Mail 4-8-08); "Majority of Quebec Dentists Quit Health-Care System" (CTV 3-27-08); "Why Ontario Keeps Sending Patients South," (Globe and Mail 2-22-08); and "Will Socialized Medicine in the U.S. Kill Canadians?" (Acton Institute 3-3-08)
What the U.S. faces is what Canadians and Britons already experience. To quote another headline, it is a case of "Dogma Trumps Truth in Health-Care Issues." (Ontario Business News 7-7-05)
The Obama administration is promoting dogma at the expense of truth. If the government effectively runs health care in this country, there will be no turning back, at least not for a generation or more. Why should government be trusted to put our houses in order when it can't put its own house in order? Look at the debt being rolled up by the federal and state governments. California is issuing IOU's. Other states are facing similar financial challenges. Do we want government telling us what type and quality of health care we can have? Should government decide whether your grandmother ought to die because her recommended treatment is "too expensive"? Will tolerance for euthanasia follow the acceptance of abortion after another category of humanity is deemed unfit, unwanted and too expensive to maintain?
We'd better think seriously about this before a health care bill is rushed through Congress. Its members will never have to use the new system, but the rest of us will.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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