Via Larwyn, Prepare to be Sickened by SiCKO
Literally every day, the mainstream media in the countries whose government-run medical systems Moore holds up as superior models publish stories documenting the failure of mandatory, no-opt-out, state-run medical care. The laundry list of ills, in the U.K. alone, includes patients waiting months or even years for critical drugs and treatments (sometimes becoming disabled or dying because of the delay or lack of care), people denied therapies altogether because of rationing or cost (see, for example, an article last February in The Scotsman, “Cancer patients told life-prolonging treatment is too expensive for NHS”), an explosion in the size of the medical bureaucracy, and thousands of physicians taking to the streets earlier this year to protest.
One bottom line, so to speak, is particularly telling: Moore, who is obese, would most likely be denied a number of common health care procedures and treatments in one of his favored government-controlled socialist medicine systems, the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS), because of his excessive weight. Recently, the cash-strapped NHS actually started limiting or prohibiting therapies for residents who are fat or who smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.
In Princeton, the Public Library has been banging the drum on socialized health care for a while, inviting Paul Krugman to ignore the facts about the French healthcare system and featuring a film on Cuba’s healthcare at the Princeton Human Rights Film Festival, by which they not only managed to ignore Cuba’s huuman rights record but also Cuba’s apartheid health care system, even when three members of the audience tried to talk about it.
I expect the PPL will be showing SICKO soon.
And I won’t be surprised if Sicko has wonderful things to say about the Venezuelan healthcare; too bad Michael didn’t bring along any Norwegian reporters
In other Venezuelan news, The constitutional changes draft has been leaked: the path to an eternal Chavez dictatorship and kiss what’s left of your private property good-bye. Update Dymphna has more on Hugo’s latest.
Joe finds some Academic Fantasies Exploited
Tony Blair’s going to Rome
El Cafe Cubano continues the Friday fast for all political prisoners
Unlike the Brits who allowed themselves to be taken hostage, the Aussies repelled an Iranian attempt to capture a boarding party. Update: Richard North has more on the story and how it’s covered by the blogs and by the MSM.
Via Irwin, June 20, 2007 Paul Krugman Four Years Ago Today. Krugman’s wrong on things other than French healthcare, too.
Via Bob, Harvard Dean of Freshmen Advertises “Scintillating and Sexy” Talk, since college students don’t think of sex at all.
George not-in-my-back-yard Clooney