Eight years ago, we all heard Barack Obama point to Canada and the United Kingdom as examples for his healthcare system. Both nations have had nationalized healthcare for years and both nations are facing economic issues with their national healthcare systems.
We have a work associate who lives in England. She was born and raised there. She began having severe abdominal pains. She went to her assigned doctor who only performed a few tests and told her it was heartburn and to take antacids. The abdominal pains only got worse and she ended up in the hospital. After nearly a year, the doctors finally diagnosed her as having gall bladder problems and said she needed her gall bladder removed.
Anyone who has ever had gall bladder pains know that they can mimic the pains of a heart attack and severe enough to incapacitate a person. From the time the doctors told her she needed to have her gall bladder removed to the time they finally did remove it, was over 7 months. For 7 months, Helen lived in agony, afraid to eat anything for fear of the pain until their nationalized healthcare system finally took action.
Now we hear reports that Great Britain’s healthcare system has been forced to reduce its coverage and increase charges where they apply. Sound familiar? Less healthcare for more money? This is the healthcare system Obama wanted Obamacare patterned after.