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UK residents’ exodus for better health care

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.  Tons of them are leaving the mess known as the National Health System in Britain:

Record numbers of Britons are travelling abroad for medical treatment to escape the NHS – with 70,000 patients expected to fly out this year.

And by the end of the decade 200,000 “health tourists” will fly as far as Malaysa and South Africa for major surgery to avoid long waiting lists and the rising threat of superbugs, according to a new report.

The first survey of Britons opting for treatment overseas shows that fears of hospital infections and frustration of often waiting months for operations are fuelling the increasing trend.

The Brits tell us normal Americans what we already knew: Michael Moore was full of feces in his portrayal of the NHS as the panacea of health care.  Truth is, Moore’s characterizations were, like everything else he puts out, fabrications and distortions:

Sicko, like all Moore’s films, is about an important and emotive subject – healthcare. He contrasts the harsh and exclusive system in the US with the European ideal of universal socialised medicine, equal and free for all, and tries to demonstrate that one is wrong and the other is right. So far, so good; there are cases to be made.

Unfortunately Sicko is a dishonest film. That is not only my opinion. It is the opinion of Professor Lord Robert Winston, the consultant and advocate of the NHS. When asked on BBC Radio 4 whether he recognised the NHS as portrayed in this film, Winston replied: “No, I didn’t. Most of it was filmed at my hospital [the Hammersmith in west London], which is a very good hospital but doesn’t represent what the NHS is like.”

I didn’t recognise it either, from years of visiting NHS hospitals. Moore painted a rose-tinted vision of spotless wards, impeccable treatment, happy patients who laugh away any suggestion of waiting in casualty, and a glamorous young GP who combines his devotion to his patients with a salary of £100,000, a house worth £1m and two cars. All this, and for free.

This, along with an even rosier portrait of the French welfare system, is what Moore says the state can and should provide. You would never guess from Sicko that the NHS is in deep trouble, mired in scandal and incompetence, despite the injection of billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.

While there are good doctors and nurses and treatments in the NHS, there is so much that is inadequate or bad that it is dishonest to represent it as the envy of the world and a perfect blueprint for national healthcare. It isn’t. 

Sorry, Hilldawg (and other leftists running for president), but I don’t want that kind of crap coming here to America.  Let the Euros keep it.

October 29, 2007 Posted by | Euros, Michael Moore, socialism | 6 Comments

Quote of the day

Irony must have gotten lost in the translation.  From USA Today:

Abdullah told the BBC that Britain was not doing enough in the war on terror. He made the comments hours before arriving in London for a state visit.

“I believe that most countries are not taking this issue too seriously, including, unfortunately, Great Britain,” he said through a translator. “We have sent information to Great Britain before the terrorist attacks in Britain, but unfortunately no action was taken and it may have been able to avert the tragedy.” 

In other news, Ted Kennedrunk doesn’t think that the government has done enough to stop drunken drivers from allowing young women to die a slow, torturous death in rivers and get away with it (Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment).  Seriously, how do you say “sheer, unadulterated gall” in Arabic?

October 29, 2007 Posted by | hypocrisy, quote of the day, religion of peace | 1 Comment

Global “warming” causing killer hurricanes that didn’t happen

The Goron told us in his science fiction flick that global “warming” caused massive killer hurricanes.  If true, then are to conclude that global “warming” no longer exists due to the historic drop in hurricane activity?  From FSU:

Unless a dramatic and perhaps historical flurry of activity occurs in the next 9 weeks, 2007 will rank as a historically inactive TC year for the Northern Hemisphere as a whole. During the past 30 years, only 1977, 1981, and 1983 have had less activity to date (January-TODAY, Accumulated Cyclone Energy). However, the year is not over… 

Indeed, it is not yet over.  However, unless the Rovian Kyoto-crushing climate machine(patent pending) kicks into high gear soon, it’s safe to assume that the rotund female has begun singing.

“Experts” insanely predicted a 2006 hurricane season that would eclipse the busy 2005 season.  It never happened.  They then predicted a busy 2007 season.  It hasn’t happened.  At what point can we stop referring to these people as “experts”?

October 29, 2007 Posted by | global warming | 2 Comments

Criminal aliens may be forced to further criminalize

This is rich!  From the NYT:

Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s retreat from his plan to permit illegal immigrants to obtain the same kind of driver’s licenses as other New Yorkers drew angry reactions yesterday from civil liberties advocates and immigrant groups, some of whom described the shift as a stunning betrayal. 

In other words, Spitzer has betrayed…criminals!  Oh, the inhumanity!  But check out this nugget:

…The separate licenses could also serve as an invitation for law enforcement to arrest anyone carrying one on immigration charges, said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. She added that the new proposal could send illegal immigrants further into the shadows, compelling them to drive with forged or no licenses and without insurance

Got that?  People who have already broken the law to get here will be forced to further break the law to remain here.  Naturally, that would be our fault, right?  I don’t see why they would hesitate to forge licenses, when they already use stolen/forged Social Security cards.  Then again, I suppose that’s also our fault.

Do these morons even listen to themselves when they talk?

October 29, 2007 Posted by | illegal immigration | 4 Comments

Jimmah documentary is box office bomb

The film did about as well as Jimmy the Dhimmi Carter did during his 1980 campaign.  That is to say, it was a thumping of near historic proportions.  From Bryan:

Hollywood director Jonathan Demme seems to have too much money and too little sense. Demme, who directed The Silence of the Lambs and Swimming to Cambodia (no, that second one is not about John Kerry’s Rambo-like exploits and achievements in time travel, fighting under the illegal orders of a president who hadn’t taken office yet) bankrolled Jimmy Carter: The Man from Plains. It’s a documentary that follows the ex-president around as he tours to promote his book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.

On its first weekend, the film did a whopping 10 grand at the box office in 7 theatres. That works out to about $1500 per theater, not enough to cover a single screening fee.

How surprising. Who wouldn’t want to sit through two hours watching an old man dodge questions about plagiarism, his book’s extreme anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian bisa, his illogical equation of Israel with South African apartheid, and his repeat offenses of snuggling with anti-American tinpots? Who wouldn’t want to see the self-righteous man who helped usher in the Iranian mullahcracy hug his Nobel and chastise the president who is having to clean up the mess that Carter left for all of his successors?

How could Demme have misjudged the movie-going public so badly?

Well, he’ll always have public schools and universities sell The Man From Plains to. It’ll probably end up in double features with An Inconvenient Truth with a year. 

Despite the MSM’s spin to the contrary, the irrefutable fact is that Americans do not hold Carter in the same high regard as the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy).

October 29, 2007 Posted by | Carter, dhimmitude, Hollyweirdos | Leave a comment