the Republican opposition has dubiously compared Obama’s plan to
the "socialized" medical systems of Great Britain and Canada,
to name just two.
rhetoric has vilified Britain’s National Health Service (NHS)
to the point of defamation. Presenting no evidence at all, the opposition
discrimination by the NHS against the elderly; opportunistic treatments
of patients; medical incompetence; rationing of care, and interminable
waiting lists that have resulted in patient deaths -- they have stated
all of this and more as a divisive threat against the United States'
moving toward a similar system.
is far more to this political conflict than any brief overview allows.
But it serves as an introduction to my personal story about the United
Kingdom's National Health Service.
this time of writing a battle is being fought between the Democratic
parties over President Obama’s proposal to reform the U.S. health
care system. Simply put, Barack Obama’s plan is to wrest health
care from the grip of big insurance companies whose objective is to
profit from the sick, afflicted, and disabled citizens of the United
goal is to make affordable health care available to all Americans,
whether they currently have insurance or not. His proposals include
what is called the Public Option plan; an uncomfortable title for some
because of its unintended opacity.