Our healthcare is that bad?

According to Barack Obama, our healthcare is worse than other nations and more expensive.

“We are spending over $2 trillion a year on health care – almost 50 percent more per person than the next most costly nation,” Obama is expected to say, according to an advance copy of his remarks. “And yet, for all this spending, more of our citizens are uninsured; the quality of our care is often lower; and we aren’t any healthier.”

Now, we know how the American state-run media will respond. Starting tomorrow, Katie Couric, the gang at MSNBC, etc. will profile people who died in American hospitals and like with Obama’s “created or saved jobs” rhetoric, they’ll say the person could have been saved in a European hospital.

That, of course, will not be true. And we know it won’t be true based on the number of stories of people from Europe and Canada who come to the United States for treatment because of the lack of waiting and amazing healthcare.

Silvo Berlusconi, Italy’s Prime Minister, is but one example.

Belinda Stronach, a Liberal MP from Canada, is another example.

Liberal MP Belinda Stronach, who is battling breast cancer, travelled to California last June for an operation that was recommended as part of her treatment, says a report. . . . [Her spokesman] said speed was not the reason why she went to California. Instead, MacEachern said the decision was made because the U.S. hospital was the best place to have it done due to the type of surgery required.

It’s why the United States has a visa program for medical visits to the United States.

And it is why you can find people all over the internet begging for information on getting sick relatives to the United States for better treatment.

Back in 2000, Democrats accused George Bush of talking down the economy. We should be able to say here, if nothing else, that Barack Obama is talking down the best healthcare system in the world to fit his needs. And he is doing a great disservice to American doctors and nurses.

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