- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 11, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Proponents of socialized health care would do well to consider the advice of Daniel Hannan, a British member of the European Parliament (“The Brits’ bad example,” Opinion, Friday). Speaking at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, he “made a convincing case,” according to The Washington Times’ editorial, “that the American health care system is far superior to the British one, and thus should not move down Britain’s path toward government control.”

He is not alone. A British physician named Dr. Theodore Dalrymple recently noted, “Even Greeks living in Britain return home for medical treatment if they are physically able to do so.” That hardly bodes well for the United Kingdom.

It is hardly any wonder that Americans are outraged at the town-hall meetings over health care reform. If the government-run health care system is not working in Britain, is it unreasonable to believe that it will not work here? As the editorial pointed out, there are many cases in Britain where older people are “denied not just useful surgeries, but also even painkillers.”

As awful as these accounts of the British system sound, the fact of the matter is that elections have consequences. Many Americans who voted for Barack Obama last November are having second thoughts about the man who promised “hope” and “change.” If the British system is any indicator of what the U.S. socialized health care system would be under the Obama administration, Americans are in for a rude awakening.

BRIAN STUCKEY

Denver

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