Obamacare From a Euro-Perspective

If you really want to understand the effects of socialized medicine, all you need to do is listen to the people who have already experienced its failures in other countries.

Several years ago on vacation my husband and I met a wonderful couple, Trevor and Brenda, who lived in London. We had dinner together each night and enjoyed heated discussion about everything from politics to our favorite wine.  A topic of much discussion was the poor value of healthcare in Great Britain and it was actually my first real exposure to learning about socialized medicine.

After our vacation we maintained our friendship and were sad to learn that Trevor got sick and was diagnosed with cancer.  Many of our long email discussions with Brenda were about Trevor’s treatment in which he originally attempted to use the British National Health Service.  Right away, he was put on a waiting list and told that he would “possibly be able to have surgery in 4-6 months.”

As anyone knows, 4-6 months can be devastating to a cancer patient; so Trevor and Brenda opted for surgery at a private hospital.  After the surgery, he reattempted to use the British NHS for chemo treatments but was again told that the wait would take months and even then there was no guarantee of a date.

“Just wait, we will call you,” he was told.  So once again he paid for private treatment.

Bottom line:  Trevor and Brenda were fortunate to be wealthy.  Every single dime of his treatment—and ultimately his death–came out of their life savings.

Can you afford to do that?  Do you have the resources to pay for private treatment?  What happened to Trevor in England could happen to any of us here in America.

Another of my Canadian friends recently told me, ”Fight Obamacare with everything you have.  I have experienced nationally provided health care in two countries and it doesn’t work!”

I think Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann summed it up best: “If we want to kill Obamacare and we want to end socialized medicine, it must be done in the next election…This will be one of the largest spending initiatives we will ever see in our country. And also, it will take away choice from the American people.”

Patti Barnett Terrell

Patti Barnett Terrell has conservative roots that grow deep in the heart of East Texas. In 1977 she earned a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Patti is retired from her position as the civilian director of a large Army Information Technology organization. Patti and her husband, Larry, had the honor of working for former Governor Mike Huckabee in his reelection campaigns by photographing fundraisers. They were also honored to meet the late, great actor and political activist Charlton Heston when he was campaigning for the Governor. For a recent birthday, Larry gave Patti a dinner with Lt. Col. Allen West. The ensuing PolitiChicks article she wrote was picked up by Lt. Col. West's web site as well as several other conservative sites and viewed by thousands. Patti is active in her local area by working elections and attending meet and greet political events. She is a huge advocate of the 2nd amendment, is rarely unarmed, and has strong opinions re gun control laws. Patti and Larry live in Texarkana, TX. They both believe in traveling as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can, but Texas will always be home.

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