Bernie Bros need to take notice. Look at what is happening in countries that have socialized medicine as the Chinese coronavirus ravages the population.
It is a well-known fact that market oriented healthcare (with real competition) is the best way to go to achieve the best outcome for a society. The way Italy, the United Kingdom, and others, where socialized medicine reigns supreme, are handling the virus is telling.
In Britain for instance, the government has basically decided that the U.K. is going to 'take it on the chin', according to the Prime Minister himself. Johnson made the comments recently as the pride of Britain, the National Health Service, is creaking under the weight of handling a normal healthcare routine, much less a full-blown pandemic that will require tens of thousands of hospital beds.
Apparently Johnson's plan, or lack thereof, is to let the entire country contract the virus, and let hundreds of thousands die, but the 'herd immunity' will protect the rest.
The simple fact is many believe the NHS would rather kill off the older population. The 'Boomer Remover' may do just that if the Tory's have their way. But hey, what better way to make the NHS solvent for the younger generation?
In Italy, plans have been leaked for 'triage' to let older patients die, having been refused the care needed at the local hospital due to age and other 'vulnerability' factors.
Coronavirus victims in Italy will be denied access to intensive care if they are aged 80 or more or in poor health should pressure on beds increase, a document prepared by a crisis management unit in Turin propose, reported The Telegraph. Some patients denied intensive care will in effect be left to die, doctors fear.
Roberto Testi, president of the coranavirus technical-scientific committee for Piedmont, told The Telegraph: "Here in Piedmont we aim to delay as long as possible the use of these criteria. At the moment there are still intensive care places available and we are working to create more.
"We want to arrive as late as possible at the point where we have to decide who lives and who dies. The criteria relate only to access to intensive care - those who do not get access to intensive care will still receive all the treatment possible. In medicine we sometimes have to make difficult choices but it's important to have a system about how to make them."
In Sweden, which Millennials love to herald as an example of socialized nirvana, the government has come up with a novel idea for combating the virus -- just not talk about it.
A representative of the Authority said that instead of reporting the number of known infections, they would identify those regions that are most badly hit by the virus, according to a report in Sweden’s Aftonbladet. “We will no longer say that we have 458 or 562 cases,” Anders Tegnell said. “Instead, we will talk about which areas of Sweden are being affected, and how badly.”
He added that it is “no longer important” to know how many cases of COVID-19 there are in the country, reported EU Times.
Physician Staffan Sylvan has said that Sweden lacks the necessary resources to handle the epidemic. “Our hospitals are already having problems caring for urgent cases,” he said. “So why spread false information about our readiness?”
Germany, conversely, has taken an even stranger attitude toward the crisis. Angela Merkel has refused to restrict travel from Italy despite the fact that she has admitted that 70% of Germans will likely be infected by COVID-19 eventually, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.
So there you have it. When I was in Alaska 30 years ago in the Air Force, there was a popular local bar in Anchorage which coined the phrase, "We cheat the other guy and pass the savings on to you."
Bernie Bros may just believe it doesn't apply to them until it's too late.
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