Sure, this isn’t about any of the candidates and should just be left on the other blog, but since everyone is making it an issue this year, what the hell? Might as well post it here, too.

The Gipper did it for the same reasons we do it; it isn’t any good.Michael Moore has become the champion of socialized medicine over the last year with his flop movie Sicko. Seems flops don’t seem to bother the Democrats, just look at what happened to Howard Dean.

Anyway, as an example of better living through socialized medicine, Moore took his cameras to England to highlight the joys of their National Health Service and presented a rosy picture of everyone getting everything they need without paying anything out of pocket. Sounds like Utopia, doesn’t it? Too bad it isn’t true.

You see, socialized medicine, or “free health care,” as Moore prefers to call it isn’t free at all, and it isn’t very good for your health. Aside from the oppressive taxes needed to fund it and their stagnating effect on the economy (higher unemployment is but one of the side effects of those taxes), the wait times and straight-up refusal to cover certain things make socialized medicine a great system just as long as you don’t get sick.

We’ve posted examples of the measures to which people stuck in these systems will go to obtain care they need rather than wait their turn, meaning suffer until they can be helped. Remember the woman who made up a batch of fake blood she claimed to vomit so she could skip the long lines where she was forced to wait and wait for a hernia operation, something done regularly and on an out-patient basis in the US? How about the 108 year old woman who was told she would have to wait 18 months for a new hearing aid, should arrive just in time to be buried with her.

Well, we now have another fine example of just what socialized medicine will do for us, or, to put it more accurately, to us.

Anthony Wilson, founder of Factory Records (the label that brought us Joy Division, The Happy Mondays and New Order, just to name a few) and television personality in England is going to die soon from cancer. It’s a shame, but it’s true.

Unfortunately for Wilson, it isn’t really the cancer that’s going to kill him, it’s the National Health Service. See, the NHS won’t pay for the drugs needed to help him fend off the cancer, a drug that has doubled the life expectancy of patients in clinical trials.

Why won’t they pay for it? Did you really think they paid for everything in socialized medicine? Well, they pay for everything they cover. If they don’t cover it, you’re kind of screwed. You either have to pay for it yourself, or go without. When the diagnosis is cancer, going without isn’t the best option.

A dirty little secret the Michael Moores of the world don’t want you to know about is the delay in introducing new drugs into a market with socialized medicine’s price controls. But it’s important to note. Check this out and see if you’re willing to wait an extra 6 months while the government haggles over prices.

In many socialize medicine countries it is illegal to purchase private insurance in order to avoid the long wait times and additional suffering single-payer health systems bring with them. Thankfully, that trend is changing, at least in Canada.

But private health insurance is legal in England, but Wilson has refused to buy it. See, he’s bought completely into the NHS. Now that he needs it he’s beginning to realize how big of a mistake that actually turned out to be.

“I’ve never paid for private healthcare because I’m a socialist. Now I find you can get tummy tucks and cosmetic surgery on the NHS but not the drugs I need to stay alive. It is a scandal.”

No, Mr. Wilson, it is not a scandal, it’s not even new, it’s exactly what you and people like Michael Moore have supported for years. It’s exactly what you’re refused to see while it was too late for others. Now it’s most likely too late for you.

It’s a shame, really. Maybe his friends and the people he’s made rich over the years (maybe even Michael Moore, though we doubt it) will come through with more money than just enough for 5 months worth of the drugs he needs. Maybe the “Big Pharmaceutical” companies will give him free drugs because, well, that’s what they do for people who can’t afford life-saving drugs (no matter how much they are demonized by the Left). Or maybe he die.

We don’t wish ill upon anyone, even a socialist, but this should serve as a lesson to everyone; be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.


  • Frank USA

    George, you make statements about Fair and Balanced towards Phil and Fox news being sarcastic…. Picking up for Sicko which is such a credible Docuumentary..thats funny.

  • BoruJudasDedrich

    Lots of political events has happened since Friday.

    Why doesn’t PD cover them?

  • Jerome C. Borden

    There is another alternative: Actually reform Health Care. Lots of products, especially electronics now cost about 10% of what they did two decades ago. But, “Medicine” keeps going up. Why? Well, AMA allows no competition and uses the FDA to club it like a baby seal. In Japan, it is different.

    Japanese primary care doctors get trained in about four to six years. These folks do about 90% of the work. Most drugs are non-prescription but drug abusers are treated harshly; just ask John Lennon. Most medicine is paid for in cash, not insurance. The insurance is reserved for the really big problems and advanced care is available. Result is that a Toyota’s health care cost was less than $700 per car while it was over $2200 for a Cheverolet as of about twelve years ago. Who knows what it is now?

  • george schumer

    Well, that was a fair and balanced argument, just like Fox News

  • Phillip McCracken
    Since you seem to be a fan of facts, try those. It was a flop.
    As for your assertion that the rest of my argument is flawed or false, you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into on that one. I know a thing or two about health policy. But please, bring it on.

  • Troy La Mana

    Fictional films usually do well enough the first week. How long it does that well is telling.

    Once you pick apart Moore’s films you realize how politically bias he really is.

  • arco407ds

    sicko wasn’t anything near a flop…it had the second highest opening weekend for a documentary after Fahrenheit 9/11. Check your facts, Phil — and that doesn’t even cover your laughable argument.

  • Troy La Mana

    This is where Health Savings Accounts would come in handy.

    You can even do this yourself without government red tape.

    Take all that money you were paying into your HMO/PPO and put it in an interest savings account.

    If you are like me you don’t really use your health plan very often. When you do need care you pay for it yourself and you see the doctor you want to see without need to pay on doctor to get a referral to see another.