British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to outsource part of the British health care system known as NHS to private doctors. As the Obama administration seeks to impose national health care on America, Cameron is pulling back. It is a tacit acknowledgement that the system isn't working.
The liberal British press is going nuts, but whatever they say can't be as bad as some of the real-life experiences told over the years to the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mirror about horrible experiences with the NHS. People have died while waiting for surgery or medication. Others have suffered in other ways.
Socialized medicine doesn't work. The mother of a friend of mine lives in Wales. She needs a knee replaced. She's on a waiting list and told it could be nine months before a surgeon can operate. In America right now you can get a knee replaced much faster. That will end under Obamacare if it is not repealed or ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
If socialized medicine can't work in a country as small as Britain, how likely is it to work here?
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: February 21, 2012