In this heated and often dubiously spun by the lobbyists healthcare debate in the US please always bear in mind the survival rates etc comparing those who have insurance in the US versus those in universal healthcare systems in Europe cannot be accurate as in the US the stats do not include the 40+ million uninsured who are the poorest and normally have the worst health problems. In Europe they are all covered and their ailments are all reflected in the stats.
Also waiting lists cannot be fairly judged either since 40+ million of the unhealthiest US citizens are not included on those waiting lists. Add them, see how seriously long they become and then compare.
I am from the UK and never once have I thought about my healthcare provision because I don’t have to. Whenever I have needed any treatment it has always been there straight away and with no cost. Do people in the US wonder that they are the only developed country on planet earth without universal coverage and not one of those countries do the vast majority want the US system? Does that not speak volumes?
Today the British politician who spoke on Fox News bad mouthing the health system here was being denounced by his own leader as being an eccentric. Years ago I remember the Queen Mother being in the same hospital my family would go to. Doesn’t sound that bad does it?
A friend of mine who became a father recently told me he was amazed how much was in place under the NHS for young families. Support 24 hours a day. If they had any questions pick up the phone and there was a free helpline for experts. Ever seen a doctors car patrolling the streets at 3am like a cop car? Well you can see that in the UK just in case someone needs treatment in the middle of the night at home, call and a doctor will head straight there. No cost. It is the last public service I would like to see given up.
To the rest of the developed world Obama isn’t trying to drag the US into a socialist mess with healthcare, to the rest of the developed world he isn’t going nearly far enough to bringing a basic human right to all citizens of a nation, universal healthcare.