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    Will Our Future Under Obamacare Look Like This?

    Will Our Future Under Obamacare Look Like This?
    By: Dean Chambers
    A look at how other nations are faring under national healthcare gives us a possible glimpse into our own future under our own recently enacted national healthcare that we have come to know as Obamacare. The Associated Press, in what some critics of the mainstream media would call a “random act of journalism,” has reported last week the problems with nationalized healthcare in the socialist-leaning nation of Venezuela. Remember, the late president of that country, Hugo Chavez, made quite a public issue of the fact that he was having his health problems (which required several surgeries) in the socialized nation of Cuba.
    The photo above shows Evelina Gonzalez, a breast cancer patient, who has waited since July of this year for life-saving surgery. Long waits for necessary procedures like this are often reported under state-run socialist national healthcare systems.
    “Gonzalez was supposed to undergo cancer surgery in July following chemotherapy but wound up shuttling from hospital to hospital in search of an available operating table” the AP reports, “On the crest of her left breast, a mocha-colored tumor doubled in size and now bulges through her white spandex tank top.”
    As reported by the AP story, “Gonzalez is on a list of 31 breast cancer patients waiting to have tumors removed at one of Venezuela’s biggest medical facilities, Maracay’s Central Hospital. But like legions of the sick across the country, she’s been neglected by a health care system doctors say is collapsing after years of deterioration.”
    The story also notes that doctors at that hospital sent home 300 cancer patients who need what are referred to as “non-emergency surgeries.” Shortages in medical resources (supplies and equipment) made it necessary for doctors to delay the procedures they prescribed to those patients.
    “Driving the crisis in health care are the same forces that have left Venezuelans scrambling to find toilet paper, milk and automobile parts. Economists blame government mismanagement and currency controls set by the late President Hugo Chavez for inflation pushing 50 percent annually. The government controls the dollars needed to buy medical supplies and has simply not made enough available,” the AP reported.
    The patients feel abandoned and uncared for by a system that lacks efficiency and adequate resources to meet the healthcare needs of the citizens of Venezuela. The AP story says Gonzalez told a hospital psychologist, “I feel like I’ve been abandoned.” The store reports, “Her right eye is swollen by glaucoma diagnosed two years ago but left untreated when she had trouble getting an appointment.”
    Due to the economic decline of the country, many patients are unnecessarily dying from “easily treatable illnesses.” Since such statistics are not recorded, doctors don’t know how many have died due to not receiving treatment in the country’s healthcare system.
    The AP reported, “Almost everything needed to mend and heal is in critically short supply: needles, syringes and paraffin used in biopsies to diagnose cancer; drugs to treat it; operating room equipment; X-ray film and imaging paper; blood and the reagents needed so it can be used for transfusions.”
    Doctors have asked the government there to declare a state of emergency in their healthcare system, and they received no response from their government. Attempts by the AP to contact Health Minister Isabel Iturria also received no response.
    The degree of the problem is typical of nationalized healthcare. The AP reported, “The country’s 1999 constitution guarantees free universal health care to Venezuelans, who sit on the world’s largest proven oil reserves. President Nicolas Maduro’s government insists it’s complying. Yet of the country’s 100 fully functioning public hospitals, nine in 10 have just 7 percent of the supplies they need, Natera said.”
    Ironically, Gonzalez says she supported Chavez and his policies, and voted for him and applied government programs for the poor and has not received those benefits. She has a good chance of surviving with proper treatment, that has been delayed and is threatening her life. “I’ve got nowhere to else to turn,” says Gonzalez.
    Will Our Future Under Obamacare Look Like This? ? The Free Patriot
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    Howdy Navy Seal,

    You do realize that Venezuela is a 3rd World nation and their "modern medicine" is very outdated.

    There are also two classes of people in Venezuela: The Ultra Rich which makes up less than 1% of the population and the Ultra Poor which make up roughly 99% of the population.

    The sad part to this story is that the Ultra Rich got their money the old fashion way by stealing it from the poor.

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    Are Canada and the UK considered to be third world countries? Unfortunately, socialized medicine works the same way there. The only people who are happy with socialized medicine are the young who don't need to use the health care system and appreciate the low fees and subsidies. The critically ill don't complain much because they die off very quickly when care is denied.

    When I hear a statement that the rich make their money by stealing from the poor, I realize that I'm hearing the traditional Marxist line. Most of the rich become rich by being smarter and working harder than the dependent class. The Constitution promises equal opportunity not equal results. Socialism doesn't make everyone equally wealthy. It makes everyone equally poor. Capitalism has raised more people out of poverty than any other economic system ever tried. Socialism discourages ingenuity and hard work, therefore there is less wealth produced for the entire society.

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