File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 38

Date: Fri, 04 Sep 2009 08:51:28 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] No one should die because they cannot afford health

 >In the UK where they have socialized medicine

There are plenty of people who would be dead if we had that system 
here.  The cut-off age for coronary bypass is 59 1/2 years.  This 
means past surgeon general C Everet Koop, and a man I know from 
church would not have been able to do a lot of their life's 
work.  And in regards to preventive medicine, the US is actually 
doing better in terms of the percentage of people who get things like 
breast cancer and colon cancer screenings.  This is even with those 
47 million who are without insurance and often presumed to be without 
access to care.

When the government takes money from you and then gives it back in 
some form, there are always strings attached.  I suspect it will be 
an overall lowering of the level of care, similar to what I've seen 
with medicare. Dr.'s in my brother's area, who accept medicare are 
getting hard to find and there are long waits for appointments, etc. 
They have to have enough non-medicare patients to subsidize the costs 
of the medicare patients.

 >Why don't we switch it around and have medicine paid for by taxes and
 >the bombs be financed though charity.

Past world superpowers with socialized medicine spent even more than 
the US on bombs. Hmmm... thinking about it, historically we did have 
a volunteer militia during the revolution.

Joe Dunfee
Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 

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