In the United States, any political talk about government-run health care is pretty much beyond the pale. All but a few of our political leaders — from both parties –assure us they would never dream of subjecting Americans to the kind of health care tyranny that oppresses the Canadians and the English.
But in Great Britain, the tables are turned. In that country, with its long-established national health care system for all, politicians of all stripes must take the pledge of allegiance to the national system, and disavow any intention of moving toward a U.S.-style private health care system.
This Los Angeles Times story, via Seattle Times, reports on the issue from the British perspective.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who generally gets high marks from U.S. conservatives for his government’s austerity budget, has recently felt compelled to insist that his reforms of the British system are not meant to move his country to a U.S.- style system.
“If you’re worried that we’re going to sell off the NHS or create some American-style private system, we will not do that,” Cameron recently told his constituents. “In this country we have the most wonderful, precious institution and also precious idea that whenever you’re ill … you can walk into a hospital or a surgery and get treated for free, no questions asked, no cash asked. It is the idea at the heart of the NHS, and it will stay. I will never put that at risk.”