Dr. Krugman on the future of healthcare in America

Paul Krugman assured us back in 2009 that, “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”

Krugman used that claim to convince his readers to support ObamaKare and now they have it coming. Lucky them. lucky us.

“My husband died like a battery hen”. 

Ann Clwyd broke down as she spoke about the final moments of Owen Roberts, who contracted pneumonia after being admitted. They had been married nearly 50 years.

She said her husband was squashed against the side of his bed, his lips dry, and cold from a fan that had been turned on for a patient in an adjacent bay.

She painted a picture of nurses who treated her husband with “coldness, resentment, indifference and even contempt” – echoing the words of the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week.

Ms Clwyd said she had had “nightmares” about what happened, adding: “I really do feel he died from people who didn’t care.”

Ms Clwyd, the Labour MP for Cynon Valley since 1984 and Tony Blair’s former human rights envoy to Iraq, said she had chosen to speak out because such treatment had become “too commonplace”.

“Nobody, nobody should have to die in conditions like I saw my husband die in,” she said during a radio interview.

Smug supporters of what’s being foisted on the US live in a fool’s paradise, confident that, just as someone else will be taxed to pay for their compassion for the poor, the favored few will continue to receive good health care. A senior member of parliament and former ambassador of England is not a shoeless homeless man in Times Square, yet her husband received the same indifferent treatment as that bum can expect. Ain’t equality grand?

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10 responses to “Dr. Krugman on the future of healthcare in America

  1. Walt

    Dude –
    The National Health Care system in Britain is an abomination. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a moron. And that is what we aspire to be.

    Think of it this way. You have a life threatening illness. And you need to deal with a clerk from the Norwalk DMV. How scary is that? They can’t issue license plates efficiently, but now we trust them with life and death decisions? That is where we are headed.

    When George McCartney from the Beatles had terminal brain cancer, where did he go for help? He had hundreds of millions of dollars, and could have gone anywhere. But where did he go? HE WENT HERE!!

    Did you ever see British teeth? Frightening. Little yellow crooked nubs that don’t fit the face. I would rather kiss Chucky.

    And they kill babies over there. Which is what Barry Care wants to do. And old people as well:
    http://www.redstate.com/2012/12/01/national-health-service-murder-bab/

    So we have the best health care system in the world, the vast majority of Americans oppose Obamacare, it will cost more, and provide diminished services and quality, and drive many folks out of business. And he is cramming it down on us why exactly?

    Your Pal,
    Walt

  2. Al Dente

    “Can’t buy me love, love.”

  3. armonk

    Last Thursday Krugman stated that raising the retirement age for social security benefits would mostly benefit lawyers and the wealthiest 2% because they, and not janitors (his words), were the ones benefitting from the longer life expectancy.

    • Average life span has increased for everyone, which is one reason we’re seeing SS go bankrupt. Roosevelt and before him, Bismark, designed systems that began paying out well above the average life span so claimants were fewer. Now those janitors are living long enough to not only recover what they paid in but far more.
      It wouldn’t be a complete solution, but forced euthanasia for NYT columnists at, say, 62 could only help the funding problem.

  4. The Mickster

    Irish Healthcare system (HSE), based on the British model, going the same way as Britian’s – beds in corridors, woeful level of care etc etc so we know what’s coming here..

  5. Babylon Sister

    This Huffington Post headline sums up the contrast of quality in socialized medicine versus free-market medicine perfectly: “Danny Williams, Canadian Official, Seeks Heart Surgery In US”

    One common assertion among the left is that other industrialized nations, such as Canada, have achieved great success in health care within their collectivist framework. This, then, begs the question: why would the head of an east coast Canadian province leave his country come to the United States for medical treatment?

    On that note:
    “I love Obamacare because now I can get health care even though I am unemployed.”
    “Why are you unemployed?”
    “I got laid off because my employer can’t afford to pay for Obamacare.”

  6. Greenwich Old Timer

    We should take a poll: who is the most despicable? Paul Krugman, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton. For me it’s a tossup between Krugman and Reid.

  7. Cos Cobber

    Krugman. His logic and reasoning is truly sinister….the others are merely misdirected or foolish.

  8. Anonymous

    I haven’t seen one journalist report the fact that Great Britain also has private health insurance and private hospitals – anyone can purchase private health insurance and pay privately for outstanding medical care – it’s very different from what Obamacare proposes.

  9. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. There’s a highly effective treatment (developed in the US), but it costs about $1,000 per eye.

    The NHS in Britain will provide it, but only for one eye, and only after you’ve gone blind in the other eye. I guess if you lose sight in both at the same time you’re SOL. Behold the future of Medicare and any other plan the government controls.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-122995/You-blind-eye-NHS-treat-you.html