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By: Dale Hurd

There had never been as much political momentum to fix America’s healthcare system.  I use “had” because the wheels have already begun to come off the healthcare reform express that rolled into Washington so confidently. The remedy put forward by the White House and top democrats– an expensive big government solution– scares even members of their own party.

So, after all the sound and fury from Obama about how we have no choice but to fix our healthcare system, I’m betting this effort ends as past efforts, with a whimper.

There’s no question that our healthcare system needs fixing, but how? We have the most expensive healthcare system in the world, some 47 million do not have coverage, and quality of care is uneven. And most of us know of someone who has been financially ruined or taken to the brink by high healthcare costs.

Yet the United States still provides the highest-quality health care in the world. 18 of the last 25 winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine either are U.S. citizens or work here. With no price controls, free-market U.S. medicine provides the incentives that lead to innovation breakthroughs in new drugs and other medical technologies.

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Source: voicingouropinions.com

Canadian Nadeem Esmail’s article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that nationalized health care will cost us pain and suffering . . .

Too Old’ for Hip Surgery
As we inch towards nationalized health care, important lessons from north of the border.

  By NADEEM ESMAIL

President Obama and Congressional Democrats are inching the U.S. toward government-run health insurance. Last week’s expansion of Schip — the State Children’s Health Insurance Program — is a first step. Before proceeding further, here’s a suggestion: Look at Canada’s experience.

Health-care resources are not unlimited in any country, even rich ones like Canada and the U.S., and must be rationed either by price or time. When individuals bear no direct responsibility for paying for their care, as in Canada, that care is rationed by waiting.

Canadians often wait months or even years for necessary care. For some, the status quo has become so dire that they have turned to the courts for recourse. Several cases currently before provincial courts provide studies in what Americans could expect from government-run health insurance.

In Ontario, Lindsay McCreith was suffering from headaches and seizures yet faced a four and a half month wait for an MRI scan in January of 2006. Deciding that the wait was untenable, Mr. McCreith did what a lot of Canadians do: He went south, and paid for an MRI scan across the border in Buffalo. The MRI revealed a malignant brain tumor.

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