DIH is no policy wonk, Lord knows. But events of recent weeks have prompted a few questions.
Let's see. Ted Kennedy's (D-MA) cancer was diagnosed, what, three weeks ago? Four, maybe?
Yesterday he was in North Carolina for special surgery. It was deemed a success.
Here's my question: how would this scenario have played out if the Dems got their wish and we had Canada-style health care?
Diagnosis: early May.
Further tests: June.
Appointment to schedule surgery: July.
Surgery: Early August. And not in North Carolina. Somewhere closer to home. Mass General, maybe. Or Martha's Vineyard Hospital. What, they don't have the same cutting-edge services there? Tough tumors, Ted. This was your idea, remember?
Late August: nothing. Everyone is on vacation. It's in their contract.
September: all right, all right, quit whining, we'll take the bandages off and see what's going on.
it never ceases to amaze DIH that the people most willing to sing the praises of socialized medicine have no clue what kind of care that would mean. Or maybe I'm wrong-maybe they do know, and just exclude themselves from their plans for the rest of us.
Same with education. Hillary Clinton sings the praises of the public schools and the teachers' unions that fight vouchers tooth and nail. But she sent her daughter to Sidwell Friends School (current tuition $27,900 per year). And where do the Obama girls go to school again? No matter- Mrs.O. says she shells out ten grand a year on ballet lessons. You don't hear much about ballet lessons in public schools.
This is all old ground, of course. But when Teddy K is the beneficary of lightning-speed American healthcare, you have to wish the other Dems would notice there might be some discrepancies between their theory and their practice. And learn something for once, dammit.