Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Universal Health Care at its most pragmatic...

RUISLIP, England: When Bruce Hardy's kidney cancer spread to his lung, his doctor recommended an expensive new pill from Pfizer. But Hardy is British, and the British health authorities refused to buy the medicine. His wife has been distraught.

"Everybody should be allowed to have as much life as they can," Joy Hardy said in the couple's modest home outside London.

If the Hardys lived in the United States or just about any European country other than Britain, Hardy would most likely get the drug, although he might have to pay part of the cost. A clinical trial showed that the pill, called Sutent, delays cancer progression for six months at an estimated treatment cost of $54,000.

Remember what Obama proclaimed in the second debate..."Health Care is a Right." Let's ask the Hardy's what they think of Great Britain's Universal Socialized medical care. Let's ask them what they think about the government collecting the funding, then distributing it as THEY see fit...inclusive of a significant number of benefactors who contributed nothing to the "program" but collect on medical care that someone else shelled out the British pounds to provide.

The only way to accommodate those who contribute nothing, is to take care away from those who do. Health care should be a PRIORITY of the individual not a RIGHT of passage distributed by a bureaucracy to everyone.