Mark Steyn, substituting for Rush Limbaugh on the radio show today, told an “amusing” story about what we can look forward to when the socialists get their health care “reform.” Amusing, that is, unless you were the party in question.
It appears that recently a Canadian auto union executive, Ron LaPort of Windsor, Ontario, 49, suffered severe chest pains and was rushed to his local hospital in Windsor, a city of 216,000 residents just across the river from Detroit. Mr. LaPort underwent an angiogram which indicated that he had just experienced a heart attact. Indeed, LaPort’s heart stopped twice, and it was determined that an angioplasty procedure was needed immediately if Mr. LaPort was to be saved.
Unfortunately for Mr. LaPort, the Canadian health care system, a model upon which the socialists in this country rely for inspiration, has created a shortage of the devices needed to perform the procedure due to cost difficulties. Rationing is in full swing, as Mr. LaPort discovered, to his sorrow. In fact, there was no facility in this city of over 200,000 people that could perform the angioplasty. Patients in need of the procedure are routinely taken via ambulance across the river to the USA to a Detroit hospital.
As the ambulance sped to the border crossing, lights flashing with the unfortunate patient strapped in the back with his oxygen mask, intrepid border guards flagged down the vehicle, rousted the driver out for a secondary inspection, and opened the back of the ambulance to confront the supine passenger with a brisk demand for identification. One can only imagine Mr. LaPort’s astonishment at this turn of events, provided that is, that he managed consciousness, a detail that was omitted from the story.
Please keep in mind that while this is bad enough, when our socialists win the day there will be no Detroit hospital just across the river to save us. Indeed, we are the last bastion. Meanwhile, you may be certain that, as in the old USSR and other socialist paradises, the political elites will have their own facilities where excellent treatment will be the norm, there will be no rationing, and our Dear Leaders will not have to put up with the great unwashed disturbing their tranquility.