The Harper ministry flips an always-polite finger at the anti-Semites at the UN.
The incoming Obama administration and the national Democrats want to create a European-style "universal" health-care system here in the US. Before they do, perhaps we should look to see how it’s been implemented elsewhere. No need to look overseas to Britain, France, or even next door in Canada. Massachusetts has already shown us the future:
Just a year after the universal coverage law passed, The New York Times reported, state insurers were already jacking up rates to twice the national average. According to Dr. Paul Hsieh, a physician and founding member of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine, 43 mandatory benefits — including those that many people did not want or need, such as invitro fertilization — raised the costs of coverage for Massachusetts residents by as much as 56 percent, depending upon an individual’s income status. So much for “affordable” health care.
Small businesses with more than 10 employees were required to provide health insurance or pay an extra fee to subsidize uninsured low-income residents, yet the overall costs of the program increased more than $400 million — 85 percent higher than original projections. To make up the difference, payments to health care providers were slashed, so many doctors and dentists in Massachusetts began refusing to take on new patients. In the state with the highest physician/patient ratio in the nation, some people now have to wait more than a year for a simple physical exam.
Sounds like something to look forward to. Are we sure this Hope and Change stuff is all it’s cracked up to be?
(hat tip: Instapundit)