When they get sick in Canada they don’t call a doctor, they call a travel agent. Canadian Rick Baker of Timely Medical, knows it well as he discussed on my radio program yesterday. Baker is running a “Freedom Train for Health Care” to accommodate those running for their lives from the Canadian socialist system that’s killing them.
One of Baker’s clients was an 8-year-old little girl who was losing her hearing because of an infection. The Canadian system told her parents they had to wait for treatment from January to July. She was to go the whole school year without being able to hear her teacher. Then the wait was until September. And then, they said the wait would be until the following April. That was when the parents of this little girl turned to Timely Medical who took her for treatment in the U.S. within a matter of days.
But the American doctor wasn’t as concerned about saving her hearing as he was about … saving her life. That’s because the infection had spread to her brain and, while she lost all her hearing in one ear and half the hearing in the other, waiting any longer would have cost her her life. Thankfully, she escaped the socialist system that would have left her dead.
Another client was Lin Gilbert, who had chronic back pain for three years awaiting an operation that would allow her to walk, to work and to care for her young children. Gilbert, whose condition worsened to the point where she had to wear diapers, and became hooked on morphine because of the pain, was told that she “hadn’t waited long enough” and that she “hadn’t suffered enough.”
She was featured on “Huckabee,” on Fox last Sunday, and on Neil Cavuto’s program yesterday. And now that her teenage son has been diagnosed with the same condition, she’s fleeing socialized medicine for the country with the best health care in the world: the United States.
Canadians hanging by a thread of life are boarding the freedom train as fast as they can. But here’s the downside: If Barack Obama and this Congress ram socialized medicine through here, there will be nowhere for us to run. In fact, the plan would make it illegal to do so.
But now Obama’s at it again – ramming through another government takeover – only this time it’s not just our free market and our freedoms of speech and religion that are on the line, but our very lives. Armed with the only thing in his arsenal – rhetoric – Obama said: “We can’t afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care – not this time, not now.”
His health care plan would be the politics of delay and of death, and I’m not just talking about those babies without names. For those who don’t care about the millions of innocent babies awaiting their birthdays whom Obama aggressively seeks to kill through abortion and infanticide with your tax dollars, take note: This time the crosshairs are aimed at you and your family.
Obamacare’s prescription for disaster includes:
- a price tag that exceeds a trillion dollars;
- much higher taxes to cover these costs;
- medical professionals forced to perform abortions;
- health care rationing;
- life-saving treatment denied;
- jail sentences for those who seek treatment outside the socialized health care system;
- and after a decade, 15 to 20 million Americans would still remain uninsured.
But this socialized system of denial and death Obama is so anxious to pass won’t affect him or those in Congress who are voting these versions out of committee like their August vacations depended on it.
They need to stop long enough to actually read this bill for a change, and listen to what Americans are saying. They also need to listen to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which put the price tag at more than a trillion. If you add another trillion we don’t have to the 3.5 trillion-dollar “stimulus” plan (we also don’t have), we are really, really bankrupt.
Even the Mayo Clinic, which Obama touted as the health care model, said, “… the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite.”
But we in America are standing up and saying “no” to Obama and his cohorts. Not this time. Not ever.
There’s a reason why his opinion polls are in a free fall. U.S. News & World Report suggested the “O” in “Obama” may stand for “One Term.” That may be true, but first we have to survive the summer. If we don’t stop this insanity now, there won’t be a train for us to board to get the life-saving health care we need.