they’re getting what’s known as a “clue.”
In recent news, the Daily Caller reported that Prime Minister David Cameron is working to partially privatize the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. Columnist Gene Koprowski writes:
Filmmaker Michael Moore glorified the United Kingdom’s National Health Service in his 2007 documentary “Sicko,” making a cult film argument that socialized medicine works. But Prime Minister David Cameron, the Tory MP who heads a coalition government in England, is apparently not a Moore fan: He is working to partially privatize the NHS, beginning a massive outsourcing of medical services to private health care providers throughout the U.K.
Apparently, major U.S. media and left-wingers have largely ignored this news. Koprowski continues,
But in the United States, left-wing enthusiasts of socialized medicine don’t seem bothered at the loss of a role model. Many won’t even acknowledge it.
“I handle media and public relations for the Catholic Health Association,” Fred Caesar told The Daily Caller. “We will pass on commenting.” Caesar is special assistant to the president of the CHA, a vocal advocate of President Obama’s health care overhaul.
Major U.S. media are also ignoring the story. As Cameron’s own health reform bill gathers momentum and heads for a vote in Parliament, online searches show no coverage at all of Britain’s move in The Washington Post or The New York Times.
The British media, on the other hand, are going nuts.
Contrast this with U.K. media, which is pressuring Cameron to drop his plans. Major medical societies — including the Royal College of General Practitioners — and the rest of Britain’s medical establishment is shouting for Cameron to cease and desist.
The British public has a fear of privatization founded on the idea that doctors “might become dependent on advice from powerful private health companies,” and that the free-market competition laws could replace “public service principles” as the NHS’s central operating principle, The Guardian reported this week.
In a related article, published by Hot Air.com, columnist Ed Morrissey provides an animated commentary on the situation. An excerpt:
The British media have been all over this story, however, and not just The Guardian, whose editorial position is not surprisingly very hostile to the notion. More surprisingly, the Times of London suggested that Health Secretary Andrew Lansley should be “taken out and shot” for pushing the bill through Parliament. And the Times of London knows if that happens, the NHS would be available to treat Lansley’s gunshot wound in as little as six weeks, so no worries.
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