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Obamacare From a Euro-Perspective

September 24, 2012 at 5:00 am / by

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Politichick State Director of Texas, Patti Terrell has conservative roots which grow deep in the heart of East Texas. She has a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from 1977 proving (in her opinion)… More

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.”

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Patti Barnett Terrell

Politichick State Director of Texas, Patti Terrell has conservative roots which grow deep in the heart of East Texas. She has a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from 1977 proving (in her opinion) that she was “a nerd when being a nerd wasn’t cool”. Her career path continued in that direction and she recently retired from her position as the civilian director of a large Army Information Technology organization. She and her husband had the honor of working for former Governor Mike Huckabee in one of his reelection campaigns by photographing fund raisers. . She most enjoyed meeting the late, great actor and political activist Charlton Heston when he was campaigning for the Governor. For her most recent birthday her husband gave her “dinner with Allen West”. The ensuing article she wrote was picked up by Col. West’s web site as well as several other conservative sites and viewed by thousands. She is active in her local area by working elections and attending local “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 lives in Texarkana, TX with her husband of over 30 years (Larry), and 2 dogs who think they are people too. Patti loves to travel, see new places, meet new people and learn new things but “Texas will always be home.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/annmariemurrell Ann-Marie Murrell

    Progressives have the arrogance to believe that despite the fact that socialized medicine has failed everywhere else, THEY can make it work here…sigh. Good work, Patti!

    • siquijorisland

      and more ridiculous is they think we are telling stories when we tell them what it is like living overseas and seeing first hand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000819770155 Lainie Sloane

    Patti, excellent article! Ann-Marie said it~~Progressives = arrogance.

  • aryton senna

    Amen mis amigos!

    ret expat MD: NBME ABIM; ABNM; ABR w/spec comp NR an 45 years in medicine

  • rosemarienoa

    When Canada first implemented it’s National Health Care plan myself & many,many doctors, nurses & other health care workers left Canada & moved to America!! It was called the “Brain Drain” at the time. Still many Canadians who can afford it come to America for their surgery & other health care issues. Where are all those people going to go once obamacare goes into effect???? Where all the wealthy Europeans & Saudis going to go????

  • http://www.classy-cleaning.com/ Shannon J. Carpenter

    Awesome article Patti! Most people have no idea that socialized Medicine actually kills people because of the waiting line. If they don’t have money they are left in the hands of the Government and that sounds like some sort of population control if you think about it! That could be a scary but true thought! Awesome article!

  • Donna Casas

    We keep hearing how bad it is from several sources then the Libs tell us it’s not true. I think they should be first to reap the rewards of Obamacare while the rest of us use normal medical insurance. The Libs can then tell how wonderful it is, if they don’t die first!

  • http://www.facebook.com/patti.b.terrell Patti Barnett Terrell

    Thanks to all for your comments. It was very eye-opening to see socialized medicine from a personal perspective.

  • Michael Sauvé

    Kill Obamacare or ourselves when it is fully implemented – CHOOSE!