Yep. The big scary words. Actually the issue isn’t healthcare but fears of the bringing of a “socialist” economy (does this exist anywhere?)
Before you guys, especially at SNN, start ranting, take a look at this. I’m sorry to disappoint you guys but each concrete argument put up keeps being demolished because there is no substance beyond moral objections. Let’s start with that old hoary chesnut, the cancer survival rates. Source here.
Try this factor in considering the EUROCARE study: “A third problem with interpreting the EUROCARE data comes when one considers how much data each country collects.
In some northern European countries – the UK and most of Scandinavia, for example – the entire population is covered by cancer registration. In other countries, especially those in central and southern Europe, coverage is less than 10 per cent.”
Large amounts of data are collected in the UK, so its national figures are highly representative of the population as a whole. In fact, UK registries alone contributed more than half of the total data to EUROCARE.
Or how about this? Private medical insurance in Britain covers very little.
Do we see why there might be a problem with the European data? There might also be a problem with comparing the EUROCARE study with US studies. Try this article as it is well sourced.
If we actually listen to some as sensible as Charles Krauthammer, we might discover that there are serious problems within US healthcare but nonetheless problems that the conservative movement could tackle. He links to this study (it’s big, so wait a little while to load).
So if people do not die by the graveyard full in comparison with US healthcare, what are the serious objections to “socialized medicine”? And by the way, in Britain there is no legal restriction on buying health insurance; the NHS will not refuse to treat you or charge you if you’re registered with them as well. But you’ll find that private health insurers do not cover serious risks to health – because they’re too expensive. They leave that to the NHS.
To be honest, I don’t like the current plans because they seem to be clumsy and overly expensive without tackling real problems that would make matters better for more Americans.