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Not Quite, Andrew June 25, 2007

Posted by Jim Satterfield in Health Care.

Andrew Sullivan responds to a reader who recommends Michael Moore’s Sicko. The key part that I want to address is this one:

But I grew up with socialized medicine, and I know what a disaster it is.

No, Andrew, you did not grow up with socialized medicine. You grew up with one version of universal health care that wasn’t managed nearly as well as it could have been. That does not mean that you grew up in every possible permutation of public and private health care that might exist. The system in England isn’t the same as that of Canada, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden or any of the other industrialized nations that have a system of providing health care to everyone including those who can’t afford it on their own. I respect you in many ways but your mind seems completely closed on this concept and refuses to recognize that just maybe as we strive for something that would keep the best of what we do have that something new will come into being. But that can only be done if we honestly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the existing systems.



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