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Aug
07

Hey Michael Moore, put that twinkie down and come here for a second.

Michael Moore, Member of the Film Actors Guild. Not sure stories like this one, very, very common in countries with socialized health care systems, were mentioned in Michael Moore’s latest “Triumph of the Will,” but it’s worth noting to all of you who support such a system.

Olive Beal, an 108 year old woman in the UK, is in need of a new hearing aid.  In this country she would simply go get one, but the UK is not this country.  It takes time to do, well, anything involving a doctor in countries that have socialized their health care system to the lauded “Single-Payer System.” 

Ms. Beal was told she was going to have to wait 18 months for the ability to hear again.  Not to worry, we’re sure the 108 year old has it in her to wait out the system designed to help people, she seems strong.

The Royal National Institute for the Deaf aren’t surprised by this at all.  Their spokesman said: 

“I am afraid this is a common problem. In some parts of the country there are over two year waiting lists, which is shocking.”

It’s not really shocking to those government officials in charge of the health care system, they know they have a problem.  But there is a formula, you see.  Everyone is treated equally, unfortunately it is equally poorly.

A spokesman for Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust said: “We are reducing waiting times. The priority is given to patients who do not have an existing hearing aid, but we accept our service needs improving.”

Well, as long as they accept that their services need improving…Though we would’ve used the word “overhauling,” but that’s just us.  We’re old fashioned when it comes to health care.  We prefer our system to one where people are forced to make tubs of fake blood simply to get hernia operations ahead of the long waits that are inherent in socialized medicine. 

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7 Responses to “Hey Michael Moore, put that twinkie down and come here for a second.”


  1. 1 Geoff
    July 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    This is a very narrow minded piece. Being a citizen in Canada, I have universal health care and do not worry about having to pay medical bills for anything. Yes, we have some long wait times. But the reason is because NO ONE is turned away. There are more people in line because there are more people who can AFFORD to get help. Sure, the rich will always have a way to get treated immediately in the US, but wouldn’t you rather that, than have 18% of your population under the age of 65 have no health insurance whatsoever? Wouldn’t you rather that everyone have treatment rather than 2 million people losing their health insurance every year?

  2. 2 Kathy
    September 9, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I think I would rather take a poll of the people who supposedly don’t have the means to get themselves insured, and see how many of them have xboxes, cellular phones, cable, you get my drift? The people who have been complaining the most about not being able to afford insurance are middle class and selfish. They won’t give up their toys and entertainments to ensure they can take care of themselves when they are ill.

    If it’s choice between eating and health insurance you have medicare and medicaid to rely on. If its a choice between health insurance and the newest video game then how dare we ask they pay for their own!

    I do not want to have to worry about the quality of care for my children. And no I don’t care about the people who are too selfish to take care of business and want me to pay more taxes for an “everyone” system. The fact is we are not all equal, some people work harder, some people are smarter, and some people deserve to propagate the species when others do not.

  3. 3 G
    November 1, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    haha this is bullshit dude… we get free health care whenever we want – Over my life I have broken both wrists, my arm, my collar bone and had an apendix out – all for free and instant care good care. I mean when I had my apendix out they sent a doctor to my home at 2am and it took him 15 mins to get there to check me out and diagnose me – then went to hospital had it done and was allowed a weeks recovery in hospital even though I only needed 2 days… free – they even gave my parents the money to cover their transport costs to and from the hospital so they could come – they paid me hahaha – sucks to be you… oh and I have never paid for a prescription in my life… its all free if your under 21. Realistically, I don’t see how you can possibly argue that your system is better… i mean if you somehow survived say 5 heart attacks here it would in no way effect your financial situation… FREE.

  4. 4 G
    November 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    and also… she is 108 because of socialised health care haha

  5. 5 david.ricketts
    March 8, 2010 at 8:14 am

    The writer displays absolutely no idea of what medicine is like in other democratic countries. In Australia we moved to “Socialized Medicine” in the 1970’s. In the last election the Liberal Party [you remember our Prime Minister – “Da Man of Steel” according to Duba] nearly lost the election when it was revealed he was favoring moving to the U.S. model of Healthcare.

  6. 6 seriously?
    March 24, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Wow. It never ceases to amaze me how clueless some people in the world are. As G said – nobody in the US would survive to 108 in the first place, unless you are in the top 2% who can afford healthcare. (As you clearly are). Take a walk out of your nice 5 star security complex and have a look around at the shocking state of your country, idiot. And get your facts straight… it’s called ‘research’.


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