Just as the radical Obama administration — against the wishes of the majority of Americans — has forced through a socialized health care plan, the British are dismantling their own. In place since 1948, the National Health Service, as the British system is called, is bloated, costly and inefficient.
The New York Times reports that the aim is to shift control of England’s $160 billion annual health budget from a centralized bureaucracy to doctors at the local level. Under the plan, $100 billion to $125 billion a year would be meted out to general practitioners, who would use the money to buy services from hospitals and other health care providers.
The plan would also rein in the bureaucratic apparatus, in keeping with the government’s goal to effect $30 billion in “efficiency savings” in the health budget by 2014 and to reduce administrative costs by 45 percent. Tens of thousands of jobs would be lost because layers of bureaucracy would be abolished.
The complete article can be read here.
In 1961, ahead of his time, and before his entry into the political realm, Ronald Reagan spoke about the perils of socialized medicine. We urge you to listen to this important message.
Then watch this brief excerpt from a 2008 speech by Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama’s recess appointee to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, speaking to a British audience about why he favors government-run health care. Berwick clearly states that “any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane, must…must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poor and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistribution. Britain, you chose well.”