George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
MONDAY, December 31, 2007
As 2007 draws to a close, Americans may be noted to have - not
Jimmy Carter's "malaise" - but a certain definite unease about the
State of the Union. As for myself, I kept looking for decisions,
conclusions, end-games to our nation's numerous problems: security at
home and abroad; immigration; health care delivery; social justice
regarding income, race and gender issues; drug use and crime; corporate
greed; climate change; ineffective leadership at all public
And then I read Joseph Ellis' new book, "American
Creation". For any person who thinks that he or she
"knows" American history, get thee to a bookstore:
- This nation was founded, not by revolution, but by evolution...a
gradual and difficult process extending from 1775 to 1803...and beyond;
- Our future was front-loaded with some of the most brilliant
men...and women (eg. Abigale Adams) that America has ever known;
- For so many things to have gone in America's favor, against all
odds, we must acknowledge God's intervention;
- Despite their herculian efforts, the founders failed in two vital
goals...the abolition of slavery as a great stain on all the
high-minded ideals, and the failure to avoid a veritable genocide by
demography of the Indians;
- Our national Constitution is not only a "Great Compromise", but a
everlasting compromise among all sorts of competing interests,
perpetuated by a consciously built-in ambiguity;
- That ambiguity will be debated forever...but within an effective
structure created by the Founding Fathers that has served us well -
except once, in 1860-65.
As the author states it: "...the very purpose of
government was subtly transformed from an ultimate
arbiter to a framework for ongoing argument...the design of the
political foundation was ingenious in its combination of stability and
agility...perhaps the most creative act of the founding era was to make
time as well as space an indispensable ally, in effect extending the
founding moment everlastingly into the future." (p243).
So, there you have it, folks. Let's all get used to
it. Or, as Flip Wilson's Geraldine would say: "What you see
is what you git". HAPPY NEW YEAR.
SUNDAY, December 30, 2007
- The current Congress has earned its grade of D:
plenty of partisanship; poor performance. They have even made
George Bush look more presidential in recent months, with his
principled stands against business as usual.
- As with the Immigration question, improvement in national
Health Care delivery continues to be a Gordian
knot. Don't expect "out of the box" thinking on these vital
issues until 2009, after the elections. Regarding health
care, any solution that improves the situation will require
rationing / prioritization, more consumer-driven decision-making, and
addressing the "deserving underserved" vs. the others.
- Iowa. After all the fevered attention, did
you know that, on average, 6% of eligible voters there will actually
caucus? And they're supposed to tell the rest of us whom to
nominate and whom to vote for? My vote goes to the Iowa Chamber
- Hillary and Bill ("hillbilly" for short).
If Hillary loses the Democratic nomination, much of the blame
will rightly go to Bill's presence on stage.
- I don't want to confuse anyone with the facts. But the
following is a good read: "Why We're In The Gulf", by Walter
Russell Mead (WSJ Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, Opinion, pA11).
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, December 28 and 29, 2007
For this, I am aided by the NYTimes editorial published on Dec. 28,
entitled "After Benazir Bhutto". In it is articulated
the standard Democratic world-view, echoed most recently by Hillary
Clinton's comments involving "no reason to trust
Musharraf...international investigation...by the U.N." According
to this view, everything in the world would be fine if we could only
hold general elections...now...in all countries and among all peoples,
regardless of their level of education, of wealth or abject poverty, of
peace or turbulence, of stability or anarchy. NONSENSE. As
reported in earlier offerings in this section, nations including the
U.S. do not have friends...they have interests; and those
interests in general must place stability over pure democracy,
especially when dealing with a nuclear power. Thus, friendly
dictatorships have at times more closely served our national interests
than have hostile democracies.
What Pakistan requires now, more than anything else, is stability
before any march to democracy can take place...especially in a country
on the front lines of a perpetual battleground of the world, and a
country inhabited by radical and murderous Muslims, by al Qaida
terorists and by a foreign invader...the Taliban. Pakistan now
requires an effective Military and President Musharraf to restore order
and to prepare the country for elections. The U.S. should overtly
support all of that, while pressuring Musharraf and the Military
finally to seal the borders of Pakistan and to eliminate all al Qaida
and Taliban forces...with the aid of NATO and U.S. forces operating on
both sides of the border.
Meanwhile, how the Democratic presidential hopefuls are handling this
crisis will be yet another demonstration of their total
disqualification for the job of safeguarding this country.
THURSDAY, December 27, 2007
Now for some holiday messages, with some alliteration in
a language created for it: Italian.
- "Porta 'perta per chi porta; e chi non porta parta pure -
'che non importa aprir' la porta". "The door
is open for him who brings; and whoever doesn't bring might just as
well leave - for it doesn't pay to open the door".
- "Dopo le feste, tasca vuota, e mal di
testa". "After the feasts, an empty
pocket...and a headache."
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, December 14 through 26, 2007
It was the day
AFTER Christmas at a church in San Francisco. The
Pastor of the church was looking at the manger
scene, when he noticed that
The baby Jesus figure was missing from the
cradle. He immediately turned
And went outside
and saw a little boy with a red wagon walking down the street.
And in the wagon, was the figure of the infant
So he walked up
to the boy and said,
"Son, where did
you get that little baby Jesus that's in your wagon?"
The little boy
replied, "I got him from the church."
And why did you take him?" asked the
The little boy
"Well, about a week before Christmas, I
prayed and I told Jesus if he
Would bring me a red wagon for Christmas, I
would give him a ride in it!"
SUNDAY, December 17 through 23, 2007
'Tis the Season"...but the Chinese Curse is still current:
"May You Live In Interesting Times".
- On the front page of today's NYTimes we learn that the Democrats
and their bosses - the teachers' unions - are still trying to torpedo
the extension of "No Child Left Behind".
Meanwhile, an editorial in the Connecticut section of the same issue
describes how "We Must Stop Failing Our Children" (Ct. p11). Organized
public school teachers in this country are still following the playbook
of the American tobacco industry. What a
- The story of former U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson,
he of the current movie "Charlie Wilson's War",
the "History Channel" special last night, and the review
in Friday's WSJ, is a cautiouary tale. The good news is that
this man, almost single-handedly provided American
government money (100 billion dollars!) and resources (from Israel
and Egypt) to enable the Afghans to defeat the Soviet armed
forces. THE BAD NEWS is identical. If our system of
government could enable that, it could enable a bad man in
government to hurt us badly. Is that still true?
- Iraq is still about the anchient blood feud between the Shia
and the Sunnis. The majority Shia government must be
pressured by us to establish an effective coalition government
including the Sunnis. And we should not be bashful about
it. A secure Iraq will be the only way to stabilize the Middle
- The EPA is not as bad as during the early 1980's
under that crazy administrator (Watts?)...but it and this Republican
administration are still favoring the polluters. Whether a
substance like air pollution, "in interstate commerce", can be legally
dealt with by any but the Federal government will be settled in the
Courts. But our "leaders" must act on issues like this (and like
Immigration) if the fabric of this country is to avoid serious damage
over a long term.
- Governor Rell, I'm still underwhelmed. Your
handling of the recent ice storms in Connecticut, and your handling of
the Seaside Regional Center, leave much to be desired. If
you don't start doing a lot better, forget about running for
Meanwhile, MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND A HEALTHY
SUNDAY, December 16, 2007
- What do you call people who obtained and published
Princess Diana's private letters this week? GRAVE
- How many times would Presidential candidate Romney
have to give perfectly legitimate explanations for his changes in
earlier positions for Tim Russert to stop using the word "flip-flop" as
part of his questions? How about an infinite number.
Not your most "fair and balanced" interview on Meet The Press this
Sunday (Dec. 16), Tim.
- We read that Democrats are assessing their Capitol Hill
damage in recent months...and their leaders. That's a
good place to start, folks, with the likes of Nancy Pelosi and her
doddering Senate counterpart in the leadership positions.
Meanwhile, are those some signs of courage that we are seeing from
Republicans as they give teeth to President Bush's veto power?
- There are signs that the NYTimes editorial writers are
coming to their senses regarding the Middle East
situation. In an editorial on Sunday, Dec. 16 on Afghanistan, we
read: "It must be acknowledged that European and American troops will
most likely have to remain there for many years". Ditto Iraq.
SATURDAY, December 15, 2007
POLITICS IN AMERICA...And The NYTimes Book Review
Whatever our political stripe, we can all enjoy elements of the
NYTimes on Sundays. But the offering for November 11, 2007 was
better than most. Four reviews went to the heart of what it is to
- One book takes the dark and depressing view: "The Second
Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington
and Polarized America", by Ronald Brownstein (Penguin
- A second, a biography of Thomas Paine, demonstrates in the
relationship and differences between Paine and Edmund Burke that there
is nothing new here, that "Past is Prologue" ("Thomas Paine's
'Rights of Man'", by Christopher Hitchens, Atlantic Monthly
- A third tells of how all of this played out in one of America's
more fractious Presidential elections, that of 1972 between Richard
Nixon and George McGovern ("The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern
Insurgency and the identity crisis of the Democratic Party",
by Bruce Miroff, University Press of Kansas).
- And a fourth gets it right: "American Creation: Triumphs and
Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic", by Jospeh J.
Ellis (Alfred Knopf). As noted by the reviewer, "The
United States was constructed to foster arguments, Ellis explains, not
to settle them."
Finally, this very accommodating publication even gives readers
like myself (about 50 books behind in my readings) a way to keep up: "How
To Talk About Books You Haven't Read", by Pierre Bayard
(Bloomsbury). But the Ellis book I have just ordered and will
FRIDAY, December 10 through 14, 2007
Herewith follows a "stream of consciousness" on national and world
affairs. The energy for this comes mainly from WSJ articles published
during the past week.
- The seriously sick patient that is Urban Black America
continues to worsen, due to a combination of denial and voodoo
diagnoses. See the article on "Murder City", aka
Detroit. The statistics are astounding, as is the poverty of its
- What possessed the Bush administration to swallow whole and
immediately regurgitate the "National Intelligence Estimate"
fed to it by agencies that for years have been getting many vital
things wrong...except for expert efforts at CYA? See the WSJ
editorial entitled "Iran Curveball".
- Immigration. Compare the WSJ editorial
entitled "Immigration Phonies", about all the Republican
candidates except John McCain, the article "Food For Thought",
about the threatened devastation of U.S. agriculture under a
heavy-handed crackdown on undocumented workers, and the recent
statement by the Vatican entitled "Holy See Extols Respect For
Immigrants' Rights" (in www.zenit.org).
- It appears that the efforts of NATO forces in Afghanistan
should remind us of the definition of a camel: "a horse designed
- What do Hollywood media employers, the anti-Green members and
lobbyists of this administration, and the Baseball Industry have in
- New Orleans. "STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES".
SUNDAY, December 9, 2007
- "Waterboarding". It's different when you
see it being applied than when you read about it. But that didn't
seem to bother members of Congressional Intelligence committees when
they were given this information...after 9/11 and before the invasion
of Iraq. Nancy Pelosi was included among that group. This
demonstrates the shades of gray that belie efforts to declare black -
and -white when we are forced to deal with a new and previously
undefined enemy: world-wide terrorism.
- Africa continues to be the "Dark Continent": the
crazies leading Zimbabwe converted that area from the bread-basket of
Africa to a basket-case; Africa and the EU have just failed to
complete a trade agreement that would especially benefit the poorest
people in the world. What to do? We could keep wringing our
hands, while hundreds of millions die of starvation. Or the world
could take a lesson from Charles Krauthammer's history lesson entitled
"Impossible to keep promise to always oppose dictators" (in The Day
Friday, Nov. 9. pA7). But they should be Our dictators...benign
- We read from several sources that "Addiction to Oil"
is contageous. A number of the oil producing nations are now
using oil at an increasing rate. Some are even having to
import oil. All the more reason for this country to become
energy self-sufficient with the same focus and haste that went into the
Manhattan Project and the race to the moon. Our national freedom
may well be at stake.
WEDNESDAY through SATURDAY, December 5 through 8, 2007
As we are drawn ever deeper into this Funny
Season of Presidential and World Politics, I feel it
necessary to inaugurate a new, occasional offering in this section:
NON-NEWS; OR THE "DUH" FACTOR.
The demonstrated increase in teenage sex
is increasing the birth rate to teenagers. DUH!
The presence of Ophra besides Barack
is increasing attendance at his sightings. DUH!
An Israeli Minister is insisting on more
Jewish settlements in Jerusalem, despite recent hopeful
commentary regarding that festering Middle East wound. DUH!
John Bolton on the recently released bombshell
called "U.S. National Intelligence Estimate" regarding Iran's
nuclear ambitions: "This is politics disguised as
Secretary of Defense Gates still considers Iran
a serious threat to world stability. DUH!
The clandestine CIA has lost or
destroyed evidence of its clandestine activities. DUH!
The highly vaunted "Pay for Performance"
initiatives being touted by Medicare and especially by private managed
care organizations are much more interested in costs generated
by physicians in behalf of their patients than they are in quality
of care. See the NYTimes editorial Saturday, Dec. 8, pA26,
entitled: "Rating Your Doctor, Fairly". DUH!
Once again, the "leaders" of the Black
Community are laying the major blame for disparities in
health, in health care, in jail population and in wealth on
You get the idea. But how many of us do?
TUESDAY, December 4, 2007
A lot of different things on my mind today.
- Paparazzi, from Princess Diana to this week's
story involving "Pretty Woman", are out of control...and must be
breaking laws. Why are they not arrested?
- Perhaps a related story: I tuned on on a NPR interview with a law
enforcement official who revealed that what it takes to break up
deadly gangs in this country...time...is something that many
police departments don't want to provide. We know that
prosecutors have discretion regarding what they go after. How
much discretion should police have in enforcing the law?
- Back to my comment earlier in this section regarding "...worse
than Hitler and Stalin". Many Sudanese
want to kill that British teacher who allowed her young students to
name a teddy bear after a popular fellow student. Enough
- Our Democratic leaders, always out there to
assert the rights of the common man, are about to legislate - for the
first time in 30 years - a higher new auto fuel mileage requirement: 10mpg
more, by 2020 AD. Wow. Don't strain
yourselves, fellows...especially Nancy Pelosi, who is given credit for
brokering this marvelous advance.
- And while we're on the subject, what's so democratic
about the Democratic Party? The have just
disenfranchised the Democratic delegates from Michegan and Florida for
advancing the dates of their respective primaries. How can they
be allowed to do that? "Only in America"...except perhaps also in
Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, Sudan....
- Gays in the military. There is no question
that they have served honorably, despite greater than ordinary
strains. So say a flock of generals and admirals, of course after
they had retired. But what does not follow from
that fact is that open homosexuality in the context
of military life could be consistent with military discipline and
morale. Take it easy, folks. Large elements of
our military are already sucking wind.
- We were reminded by an article in The Day on Sunday, Dec. 2, that
the best social services for
our needy citizens are job training and job
- Some gun control and a reading of our Second Amendment
as an individual right are not
mutually exclusive. Our "leaders" don't seem to get that,
especially when running for public office. So, they keep shooting
themselves in the foot...courtesy of the NRA.
- And now, what we all have been waiting for: good news
about Public Education. See the important
article in the NYTimes Sunday, Dec. 2 (pA33) entitled "Tackling
School Data, No Excuses Allowed", by Winnie Hu.
"Administrators face tough questions from their peers". This
reviews national experience with the education variation of CompStat,
a widely copied management program available as SchoolStat.
But in New York City, where CompStat began, the school chancellor
rejected its use, "saying that it was too confrontational for the
school culture...." Is that the school culture of mediocrity
that he was referring to? Folks, check this out with your local
or regional school superintendents. The reactions should be
enlightening. Meanwhile, ask yourselves why the NYTimes
buried this article in the bowels of their newspaper.
MONDAY, December 3, 2007
Since the Pledge of
and The Lord's
are not allowed in most
Because the word "God"
A kid in Arizona
wrote the attached
NEW School prayer: -
Now I sit me down
Where praying is against
For this great
nation under God
Finds mention of Him
If Scripture now
the class recites,
It violates the Bill of
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter
Our hair can be purple,
orange or green,
That's no offense; it's
a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the
law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are
a serious vice.
For praying in a public
Might offend someone
with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must
God's name is
prohibited by the state.
We're allowed to cuss
and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses,
tongues and cheeks.
guns, but FIRST the Bible .
To quote the Good Book
makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant
And the 'unwed
daddy,' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to
teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such
"judgments" do not belong.
We can get our condoms
and birth controls,
vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments
are not allowed,
No word of God must
reach this crowd.
It's scary here I must
When chaos reigns
the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent
plea I make:
Should I be shot;
My soul please take!
If you aren't ashamed
to do this,
please pass this on.
"If you are ashamed of
I will be ashamed of you
before my Father."
- Author Unknown
SUNDAY, December 2, 2007
Interesting. But I must believe that our Founders knew this
same history and tried to immunize us from the same outcome. A
land of aliens, they provided protections for aliens. The result
was - and is - that we are still a melting pot, although with some
lumps developing in the stew. Those lumps must be broken up and
stirred into the mix; but America's strength continues to be in the
variety of its ingredients. That must continue for many reasons,
including the need to avoid the 200 year outcome.
We in this country are now in a temporary time warp that has given
rise to a profusion of excesses and a dearth of common sense.
That is nowhere more true than in our schizophrenia regarding
Immigration. But the verdict of Winston Churchill continues to be
right on: "America can always be depended upon to do the right
thing...after all else fails".
> HOW LONG DO WE HAVE?
> This is the most interesting thing I've read in
a long time. The sad thing
> about it, you can see it coming.
> I have always heard about this democracy
countdown. It is interesting to
> see it in print. God help us, not that we
> How Long Do We Have?
> About the time our original thirteen states
adopted their new constitution
> in 1787, Alexa nder Tyler, a Scottish history
professor at the University
> of Edinburgh , had this to say about the
fall of the Athenian Republic
> some 2,000 years earlier:
> "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it
simply cannot exist as a
> permanent form of government."
> "A democracy will continue to exist up until the
time that voters discover
> they can vote themselves generous gifts from the
> "From that moment on, the majority always vote
for the candidates who
> promise the most benefits from the public
treasury, with the result that
> every democracy will finally collapse due to
loose fiscal policy, which is
> always followed by a dictatorship."
> "The average age of the world's greatest
civilizations from the beginning
> of history, has been about 200 years"
> "During those 200 years, those nations always
progressed through the
> following sequence:
> 1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
> 2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
> 3. from courage to liberty;
> 4. from liberty to abundance;
> 5. from abundance to complacency;
> 6. from complacency to apathy;
> 7. from apathy to dependence;
> 8. From dependence back into bondage"
> Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University
School of Law, St. Paul,
> Minnesota , points out some interesting facts
concerning the 2000
> Presidential election:
> Number of States won by:
> Gore: 19
> Bush: 29
> Square miles of land won by:
> Gore: 580,000
> Bush: 2,427,000
> Population of counties won by:
> Gore: 127 million
> Bush: 143 million
> Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties
> Gore: 13.2
> Bush: 2.1
> Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of
the territory Bush won was
> mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens
of this great country.
> Gore's territory mostly encompassed those
citizens living in
> government-owned tenements and living off
various forms of government
> welfare..." Olson believes the United States is
now somewhere between the
> "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor
Tyler's definition of
> democracy, with some forty percent of the nati
on's population already
> having reached the "governmental dependency"
> If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to
twenty million criminal
> invaders called illegal's and they vote, then we
can say goodbye to the USA
> in fewer than five years.
> If you are in favor of this then delete this
message. If you are not then
> pass this along to help everyone realize just
how much is at stake, knowing
> that apathy is the greatest danger to our
freedom. Thanks for reading.
As promised in an earlier offering in this section, the
following is a response to the full-page editorial
on "The High Cost of Health Care" which appeared in
the NYTimes on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 (pWK 9).
- In a fairly balances editorial, "the usual suspects" were clearly
- The complexity of the issues involved was acknowledged,
together with the need for a range of short-and-long-term
initiatives. The following are my offerings as
initiatives, which I have been promoting since the
1970's. (See the relevant categories on this web-site (www.asthma-drsprecace.com).
- Take medical malpractice out of the civil court system and into
specialized Health Courts, comparable to Bankruptcy and Patent
Courts. That would immediately result in more justice and much
less defensive medicine.
- Develop and recommend more medical care protocols, based upon
"evidence-based medicine" that takes into adequate consideration solid
clinical experience in addition to "placebo controlled, double-blind
crossover studies". These should be uniform throughout the
country, national standards.
- Emphasize and promote preventive medicine, with a carrot and
stick approach to modifying unhealthy personal life-styles.
- Assure that all patients have a substantial personal financial
stake in their health care choices and demands. Health Savings
Accounts are a step in that direction.
- Emphasize and reimburse coordination of care, especially the care
of complicated elderly patients. This can be done by good primary
care physicians working in close asociation with appropriate
specialists. Lack of such coordination is now a glaring and
expensive deficiency in our health care system.
- Negotiate all drug prices, just as physician reimbursement has
been negotiated - or rather imposed - in the Managed Care era.
- Introduce and impose rational rationing regarding who get what
treatments. 10,000 childhood immunizations are more important
than a liver transplant for a continuing chronic alcoholic or for
- Require an Advanced Directive of all patients. Most want
them, but never get around to having one.
- Recognize that a "single payor system" would be a disaster for
the quality and quantity of available health care in this
- This approach would produce a rational combination of market
force control and of government regulation.
There you have it: "YOUR MISSION, IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT".
>From: "Alfred Laporta DDS"
>Subject: FW: Canada's Health Care
>Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 15:46:27 -0400
>I have lived this personally in Sweden and I know this to be a fact.
>Please do not vote for national health care.
>Canada's Health care system from a Canadians point of view.
>Hey Guys; I saw on the news up here in Canada where Hillary
>introduced her new health care plan. Something similar to
what we have
>in Canada. I also heard that Michael Moore was raving about
>care up here in Canada in his latest movie. As your friend
>who lives with the Canada health care plan I thought I would give
>some facts about this great medical plan that we have in Canada.
>First of all:
>1) The health care plan in Canada is not free. We pay a
>month of $96. for Shirley and I to be covered. Sounds great
>they don't tell you is how much we pay in taxes to keep the health
>I am personally in the 55% tax bracket. Yes 55% of my
earnings go to
>A large portion of that and I am not sure of the exact amount goes
>directly to health care our #1 expense.
>2) I would not classify what we have as health care plan, it
>like a health diagnosis system. You can get into to see a
>enough so he can tell you "yes indeed you are sick or you need an
>operation" but now the challenge becomes getting treated or
>on. We have waiting lists out the ying yang some as much as 2
>down the road.
>3) Rather than fix what is wrong with you the usual tactic in
>is to prescribe drugs. Have a pain, here is a drug to take,
>is causing the pain and why. No time for checking you out
>is more important to move as many patients thru as possible each
>for Government re-imbursement
>4) Many Canadians do not have a family Doctor.
>5) Don't require emergency treatment as you may wait for hours in
>emergency room waiting for treatment.
>6) Shirley's dad cut his hand on a power saw a few weeks back
>required that his hand be put in a splint - to our surprise we had
>pay $125. for a splint because it is not covered under health care
>we have to pay $60. for each visit for him to check it out each
>7) Shirley's cousin was diagnosed with a heart blockage. Put
>waiting list . Died before he could get treatment.
>8) Government allots so many operations per year. When that
is done no
>more operations, unless you go to your local newspaper and plead
>case and embarrass the government then money suddenly appears.
>9)The Government takes great pride in telling us how much more they
>increasing the funding for health care but waiting lists never get
>Government just keeps throwing money at the problem but it never
>But they are good at finding new ways to tax us, but they don't
>a tax anymore it is now a user fee.
>10) My mother needs an operation for a blockage in her leg but
>she is a smoker they will not do it. Despite her and my
>into the health care system all these years. My Mom is 80
>age. Now there is talk that maybe we should not treat fat and
>people either because they are a drain on the health care
>me see now, what we want in Canada is a health care system for
>people only. That should reduce our health care costs.
>11) Forget getting a second opinion, what you see is what you get.
>12) I can spend what money I have left after taxes on booze,
>cigarettes, junk food and anything else that could kill me but I am
>allowed by law to spend my money on getting an operation I need
>that would be jumping the queue. I must wait my turn except
if I am a
>hockey player or athlete then I can get looked at right away.
>figure. Where else in the world can you spend money to kill
>but not allowed to spend money to get healthy.
>13) Oh did I mention that immigrants are covered automatically at
>payer expense having never contributed a dollar to the system and
>14) Oh yeh we now give free needles to drug users to try and keep
>healthy. Wouldn't want a sickly druggie breaking into your
>stealing your things. But people with diabetes who pay into
>care system have to pay for their needles because it is not covered
>the health care system.
>I send this out not looking for sympathy but as the election looms
>the states you will be hearing more and more about universal health
>care down there and the advocates will be pointing to Canada.
>want to make sure that you hear the truth about health care up here
>have some food for thought and informed questions to ask when
broached with this subject.
>Step wisely and don't make the same mistakes we have.
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