“It would be wrong not to state that in Cuba they have made some good advances in healthcare, they are sending doctors all over the world.…They have made some progress in education." (Bernie Sanders.)
But why pick on Democrat Bernie Sanders for swallowing and parroting a hoary KGB/DGI (Cuba’s KGB-founded and mentored Directorio General de Inteligencia)-concocted disinformation meme?
After all, this classic communist disinformation meme has become a mainstream Democrat/Fake News Media meme.
And, after all, the KGB’s successor (FSB) also employs the Democrats and their publicity arm (the Fake News Media) as eager disseminators of their current propaganda projects (the Steele Dossier.)
But in this column we’ll stick with the KGB-concocted and Democrat/Fake News Media- disseminated “Cuba’s free and fabulous healthcare” dossier.
“The countries like Cuba or Canada or Russia or a lot of places in this world spend half what we spend per capita and they got better health outcomes than we do,” (deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee Rep. Keith Ellison.)
“Castro brought superb systems of healthcare and education to his people.” (Jimmy Carter, 2002.)
“The United States recognizes the progress that (Castro’s) Cuba has made as a nation, its enormous achievements in education and in health care.” (President Barack Obama March, 2016.)
Now over to the Democrat Party’s public relations subsidiaries:
“One of Cuba's greatest prides is its health care system. (PBS’s Ray Suarez reporting from Havana.)
“Cuba could serve as 'a model for health care reform in the United States'” (CNN’s Morgan Neil.)
‘Castro has brought great healthcare to his country.” (ABC’s Barbara Walters)
Most alarmingly, Democrats seem to actually believe this KGB/DGI disinformation meme! Back in 2016 Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services actually signed a healthcare cooperation deal with the Castro-regime because: “Cuba has made significant contributions to health and science.”
Or so former HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in an official statement. “This new collaboration is a historic opportunity for two nations to build on each other’s knowledge and experience, and benefit biomedical research and public health at large,” she added.
Tell that to Tuvalu, Ex-President Obama and Secretary Mathews-Burwell.
You see, amigos: Tuvalu is a group of Pacific islands (big atolls, actually) north of Fiji and east of New Guinea formerly belonging to Britain, when they were known as the “Ellice Islands.” Tuvalu is not known as a particularly advanced place scientifically-speaking — and yet its natives recently gasped while witnessing the medical practices of a place even more primitive in its medical practices: Cuba.
“Cuba’s contribution to medical education in the region has been welcomed by many Pacific countries,” according to a story at the time from Radio Australia. “But some are finding that doctors who’ve studied in Cuba need extra training when they return home.”
Back in 2008, Tuvalu fell for Castro-regime/United Nations/Fake News Media propaganda mantra about Cuba’s free and fabulous healthcare and eagerly sent 22 promising Tuvaluan students to medical school in Cuba.
But upon their return with those Cuban “medical degrees”—whoops! Radio Australia explains the problem:
“The (Tuvaluan) government is concerned about their level of practical training …So the Education Department is planning to send the returning (from Cuba) Tuvalu doctors to Kiribati (a nearby primitive island) for a special internship, as the department’s pre-service training officer Atabi Ewekia explains.”
In brief, the incompetence of Cuba-trained doctors is such that they will be essentially “de-programmed” in a medical school where two generations ago medicine was probably the province of witch-doctors with bones through their noses.
And had American voters not swept Donald Trump into office, the U.S. taxpayer would be paying for the Cuban trainers of those Cuban doctors who so desperately needed de-programming to share their “significant contributions to health and science” with U.S. health professionals and researchers! Whooo, amigos! That was close!
But perhaps my mention of communist intelligence agencies involved in this meme-spreading strikes some of my amigos as unnecessarily “hyperbolic”—perhaps even a tad “McCarthyite?”
“Have you no sense of decency, Mr Fontova? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
Objection sustained. Fine. Now let’s have a closer look at this issue: Among the Fake News Media’s “go-to-persons” on Cuban healthcare (besides Michael Moore) we find Gail Reed. Indeed, the Huffington Post proudly carries Reed as a contributor and reverentially quoted her on (that mercifully cancelled) Obama HHS/Cuba cooperation deal:
"This (the Obama HHS-Cuba deal) is a win-win for Americans and Cubans!” gushed Reed in the Huffpo. “We’re now one step closer to a safer, healthier future for people in both countries!" The Huffpo describes their contributor Gail Reed as: “Founder of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba, a US non-profit promoting cooperation among the US, Cuban and global health communities, where she is currently Research Director.”
In the way of a brief bio, CNN, another media fan of Gail Reed’s “impartial expertise,” hails their frequent contributor as “a Medical Expert!”
Over at MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell, who often interviews Gail Reed, describes her as: “international director of the nonprofit group Medical Education Cooperation.”
True, perhaps. But for the past 36 years Havana resident Gail Reed has also been married to an officer of Cuba’s KGB-founded-funded and mentored Directorio General de Inteligencia named Julian Torres Rizo. The partnership of this future Huffington Post, CNN, NBC and Business Week correspondent with Castro’s secret police began in 1969 when as a member of the (DGI-created) Venceremos Brigades, Reed began visiting Cuba alongside Bill Ayres’ concubine Bernadine Dohrn.