Someone’s lying alright, and it’s Paul Krugman


And we want free unicorns too

 Former Enron consultant and NYT columnist Paul Krugman on socialized medicine.

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. Like every system, the National Health Service has problems, but over all it appears to provide quite good care while spending only about 40 percent as much per person as we do. By the way, our own Veterans Health Administration, which is run somewhat like the British health service, also manages to combine quality care with low costs.

British Health Secretary, acknowledging shortage of pediatric emergency physicians, encourages worried parents to Google their infant’s symptoms.

VA Health care woes continue

Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the department in response to headline-grabbing woes, but the VA continues to be plagued by missteps, including an internal report indicating that nearly one-third of veterans with pending applications for VA healthcare likely have already died. VA officials said they were unable to determine how many veterans died, whether they truly were seeking VA healthcare or had merely indicated interest in signing up.

The VA is a “broken bureaucracy” that “continues to be plagued by a culture of neglect and mismanagement that is denying veterans … across the United States access to the quality healthcare that they were promised,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Despite its ongoing problems, the VA says it has made significant progress in the past year to improve its healthcare system and service delivery and set the course for long-term reform.


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7 responses to “Someone’s lying alright, and it’s Paul Krugman

  1. BA from Yale, PhD from MIT. How can someone be that learned and so stupid? This is the funniest quote: “By the way, our own Veterans Health Administration, which is run somewhat like the British health service, also manages to combine quality care with low costs”

    • AJ

      These people are used to creating their own version of reality and pumping it out on the MSM. Now with the advent of alternative news websites, the spell has been broken; the man behind the curtain has been exposed although I think a lot of today’s university of diversity students are going to need some serious Moonie-style deprogramming.

    • Anonymous

      As a veteran, I have only had good experiences with teh VA and everyone one I know who has had made use of the VA system says the same thing, including medical treatment for serious conditions. Is it perfect, no. But as a local comparison, I would prefer the West Haven VA facility to Greenwich Hospital any day (although I would prefer Stamford to the West Haven), the point being that both public and private health care systems can provide excellent care (or below average care).

  2. former og lifer

    Those few I know who live in Great Britain ALL have private Drs. & avoid the National Health Service like the plague.

  3. Al Brecken

    Ideal for the VA problem might be an administrator who has been very successful in the field of -all things – mining. In 1917 such a person indeed was assigned to a task 1000 X more difficult than the VA; a massive food-relief program for starving people in Europe , and he was eminently successful and won the admiration of the entire World.His name ? ; Herbert Hoover.