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Saturday, February 29, 2020

For John, BLUF.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Mr Matt Margolis, 27 February 2020.

Here is the lede plus eight:

Congressman Steve Scalise introduced a panel discussion called “Prescription for Failure:  The Ills of Socialized Medicine" at CPAC on Thursday.  He established what was at stake in 2020:  “2020 will be a contrast election,” he said, between Trump’s freedom agenda or socialism.

“You don’t want socialism, you surely don’t want socialized medicine,” he said.  “Tens of thousands of Canadians come to America for life-saving treatment.  Do you see Americans going to Canada for life-saving treatment?” he asked rhetorically.

“Healthcare is only one example of what’s at stake in this election,” he said, before concluding that individual freedom will win out in 2020 and predicted that Republicans will keep the Senate and win back the House.

Author Dr. David Schneider, an orthopedic surgeon from Colorado, explained how with socialized medicine, wait times for care “are disastrous.”  In Canada, the wait time to see a specialist is two years, and then another two years to get the procedure.

“People in this country would go crazy if you were told you had to wait four months,” he said.

Then he explained how Princess Diana would be alive today, if not for socialized medicine.  “Princess Diana was in the car accident in France,” he explained.  “They actually don’t have any trauma specialists in France.”

“For the first hour after that accident, she was still in that tunnel,” he continued.  “And after an hour, they took her to a nearby hospital and she was alive for another three hours and they couldn’t control the bleeding from her pulmonary artery.”

Schneider explained that “there were no trauma-trained people there.”

He continued, “I really believe, knowing what I know about her care and comparing it to what Congressman Scalise had, Princess Diana would have lived had that accident happened here in America.”

This is a fine kettle of fish.  I must admit that I have had questions about Senator Sander's plan for health care. For instance, as health care consumption increases, where are the trained medical professionals coming from?  Then there is the question of the money to pay for it.  For example, the first year we can do a wealth tax, but then that large amount of wealth is no longer in private hands, it having been confiscated by the Government.  You can't confiscated wealth twice.  A new source of revenue will be needed.

Good luck to us.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  RAND Corporation did a study that concluded that when you make health care free the demand goes up.  This is not from the additional people picked up but rather from those already with health care who increase the consumption of health care.

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