It appears that the rest of New England may be set to follow Vermont’s lead in pushing for a single payer health care system:
“As Capital Hill noted last month, Vermont looks to be on the way to establishing a single-payer health care system.
The single-payer fever is spreading throughout New England. This week the head of MassHealth, Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, said he favors a single-payer system too.”
The author of this piece seems to think that this is a case of the “blind leading the blind” down a path towards leading to a fiasco:
New Englanders would do well to point-and-click their way over to “Patient Opinion”, a website that collects both compliments and complaints about the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.
According to an article in the Daily Mail, the website has collected almost 13,600 stories from patients since starting in 2005, and over two-thirds of them are negative. Patients describe NHS staff as “rude, arrogant, and lazy.” In one instance:
One new mother, who has withheld her name, described how she was ‘treated like an animal’ when she recently gave birth at St Thomas’ Hospital, London.
She claimed that despite her pleas for pain relief she waited six hours before a member of staff gave her some paracetamol.
The woman, a lawyer who works in the City, added: ‘When I asked for help breastfeeding, the midwife shrugged and said, “Try whatever you like”.’