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United Kingdom National Health Service Raises a 'Red Flag' about ObamaCare

by Staff
August 17, 2009
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WASHINGTON, ( -- To understand what ObamaCare would mean to Americans, all we have to do is look to the United Kingdom's National Health Service, which provides universal healthcare. The news headlines in the past two years reveal long waits, rationed care, bureaucracy, and even deaths caused by the failed system. Member of Parliament Daniel Hannan recently said, "If you want to see what a government- run health care system looks like, you need not look any further than the countries like Canada or Great Britain. They already have in place so-called universal health care, and the results, well, they're not pretty." (Here are links to the PDF and html versions.)

A sample of recent headlines from the three leading British newspapers, the Times, the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, bear out Mr. Hannan's warning:

NHS targets 'may have lead to 1,200 deaths' in Mid-Staffordshire

11 serious errors a day in NHS surgery

War hero refused treatment by NHS

Patients forced to live in agony after NHS refuses to pay for painkilling injections

Patients with suspected cancer forced to wait so NHS targets can be hit

NHS dentists play as patients wait

Liberty Counsel has compiled a list that summarizes and links directly to 14 horror stories that appeared on the pages of these three major UK newspapers ( President Obama publically advocated a single-payer system when he spoke in 2003 before the AFL-CIO Conference on Civil, Human and Women's Rights. "I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan. Everybody in. Nobody out. A single- payer health care plan. Universal health care plan. That's what I'd like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we've got to take back the White House and we've got to take back the Senate and we've got to take back the House." He later said it may take 5, 10 or 15 years to get to a single-payer system, but he reiterated that is where he wants to drive America.

Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: "A single-payer health care system run by Washington bureaucrats presents a serious threat to life and liberty. America should not swallow this poison pill. Such a system will be the death of America."

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