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Irony is a Cruel Mistress

It seems as though one of the members of the board of directors of England’s National Health Service has died after having her surgery postponed four times.  It is quite simply not okay to laugh – this is a real human being after all – but the irony should be enough to remind us here in the United States of the types of limitations on care we should be expecting if and when government takes over the health care sector.

A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation – at her own hospital.

Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.

Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust – the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.

Despite repeated warnings about lengthy wait times and health care rationing, the United States is coming ever closer to a single payer model of nationalized health care.  While an English-style system is not a necessity, these types of problems are endemic in government-run health care of all stripes.

Meanwhile, Obamacare has managed to ossify the worst parts of the United States’ broken health care system while moving us in the direction of the worst problems of the English system.  It’s the worst of both worlds, and ironically, it’s supposed to be for our own good. 

Well, I suppose this story is illustrative of what happens when control is imposed on the health care system for our own good.  “Our own good” becomes so appallingly bad that it ends up killing even those who control the system.  Not much to look forward to, really.

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