Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, last night admitted he had paid for private healthcare partly because of his frustration at NHS waiting times.
Clegg, who said he had occasionally “coughed up” so one of his sons could see medical specialists quickly, becomes the first political leader to break the Westminster taboo about going private.
“I understand the sensitivity but I feel fervently that I am a dad before I am a politician,” said the Lib Dem leader in an interview with The Sunday Times.
Give the guy props for doing the right thing for his son. His good motives are pretty similar to the motives of millions of Americans who worry Obama Care will result in crappy coverage for their own families.
To truly understand the evils of socialism (or liberals and moderates as they hold themselves out in this country) one must understand that socialized medicine has worked no where in the world. It causes pain and suffering and yet the monsters of the left like Osama bin Obama and his media lackeys continue to try to cram it down our throats. These monsters must be confronted by any means necessary.
Come on, John. Just check international health statistics. By just about any measure, health outcomes are better in western Europe and Canada than here, and they don't leave millions of their citizens uninsured. And "socialized medicine" (Medicare) works just fine here, unless you have a better way that the elderly (especially those with health problems) could find private medical insurance at any reasonable cost.
there are vast differences in data keeping throughout the world, and selecting specific statistics just doesn't cut it. Just as this story demonstrates, the reality is a nightmare of long waits, poor treatment and people dying from neglect Same thing with Canada. North Dakota does a land office business treating people who come across the border from Canad fleeing that disaster. latest news from there is that the system is about to collapse of its own weight.
John, nobody is "selecting specific statistics." We can disagree on the best way to make sure that everyone is insured, and on the best way to pay for it, but health facts are facts. If you think I'm "selecting specific statistics," check them yourself:
Come on John, just because Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are all bankrupt and our nation is $11 TRILLION dollars in debt, and our economy's in the crapper...that's no reason to believe that we can't provide health care for an additional 30 million people without adding a single dime to the deficit.
Obama will snap his fingers and make it happen.
...that's no reason to believe that we can't provide health care for an additional 30 million people without adding a single dime to the deficit...
So what's your solution for getting everyone (including those with chronic illnesses, and the elderly) insured at an affordable price?
12:42: Up to $12,700 for a low-income family to purchase insurance. Assuming you can get a policy for that, there's no mention about increasing automatically for inflation, nothing about co-pays, deductibles, and annual and/or lifetime limits, nothing about requiring companies to cover all applicants regardless of pre-existing conditions, or mandating the same rate for everyone. Too many holes. Sounds like a plan designed to just continue doing nothing.
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