Greece was the model -- a national health care system that was both affordable and universal. Candidate Obama chided Americans for being the only developed country in the world unwilling to provide "affordable" health care. We now see where the "Affordable Health Care Act" is taking us.
Karolina Tagaris spells it out in a special Reuters report today:
"Greece's rundown state hospitals are cutting off vital drugs, limiting non-urgent operations and rationing even basic medical materials for exhausted doctors as a combination of economic crisis and political stalemate strangle health funding."
The 'rundown state hospitals' did not become rundown overnight. It took some time to destroy the medical system in Greece, but we are there now. I wonder if no health care is better than free market health care. Greece is about to find out.
What is the lesson? Contrary to Candidate Obama's loose talk, no nation can 'afford' "Affordable Health Care." You get what you pay for. If no one pays, eventually no one gets.