Apparently, this piece aired on 20/20 nearly a month ago, but when I saw it early this morning before bed it was for the first time. Please, please, please pass it along, or show it to those without access to the miracle that is YouTube.
Kudos to ABC News’ John Stossel. More often than not, he’s a voice of reason in a mainstream media otherwise clouded with ideologues looking for the best way to hasten the advance of the liberal agenda. Plus, his mustache reminds me of Magnum, P.I., and there’s something to be said for that.
In this package, Stossel discussed the problems inherent with government-run health care in Britain and especially in Canada. More importantly, he also addressed what the free market brings to health care in America and across the world. It’s nothing that I haven’t addressed here at America’s Right, but in this case it’s put together nicely in a concise video.
When he mentioned the various dignitaries who visit the United States for health care treatment, it reminded me of something from a few years ago. Back when my wife was pregnant with our daughter, she was working nights down at the premier hospital here in Philadelphia as a nurse on a surgical floor. Her patients ran the gamut from rich to poor, from natives to immigrants, people of all shapes and sizes. One constant, however, was the lack of vacancy in rooms dedicated to service visiting heads of state, wealthy folks, and celebrities.
From what she tells me, every floor in the hospital had one. The floors were laminated hardwood in the room area, and marble in the connected bathroom. The countertops were granite. The televisions were bigger. And the rooms were always full.
People come to America to pay for better health care. But, just like the Obama administration is looking to shut down the so-called overseas “loopholes” through which Americans are able to better care for their nest egg, the president and the Democrats are looking to shutter a health care “loophole” for the rest of the world. Without America, innovation goes down the tubes. Without America, the vaccines will not be made, the trials not undertaken. And just like I believe part of the key for a prospering economy is to make America the place where people across the world go to better care for their nest eggs, or better supply their nations with energy, we should continue to be a polestar when it comes to health care.