The media during Bush’s 8 years certainly was not afraid to pull out any statistics that would discredit Republicans or the administration. One of their favorite statistics was the number of deaths during the Iraq War.
However, now that there are wars still being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, the media has conveniently left that tiny issue to the way-side. The only individual who still has her principles is Cindy Sheehan. I may not agree with Ms. Sheehan’s politics, but I can at least commend her for her consistency. (via the Examiner):
After receiving the email, I asked Sheehan to give me a call, so I could verify that the note in fact came from her. She did, and we discussed her plans to protest next week in Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama will be vacationing. “I think people are starting to wake up to the fact that even if they supported Obama, he doesn’t represent much change,” Sheehan said. “There are people still out here who oppose the war and Obama’spolicies, but it seems like the big organizations with the big lists aren’t here.”
I asked Sheehanabout the fact that the press seems to have lost interest in her and her cause. “It’s strange to me that you mention it,” she said. “I haven’t stopped working. I’ve been protesting every time I can, and it’s not covered. But the one time I did get a lot of coverage was when I protested in front of George Bush’s house in Dallas in June. I don’t know what to make of it. Is the press having a honeymoon with Obama? I know the Left is.”
I have more appreciation for those who stay true to their beliefs no matter what those beliefs are, rather than changing them based on whichever way the political wind is blowing, especially when your guy won the biggest office in the land.
So I sit here scratching my head wondering why the media hasn’t reported the latest news coming out of Canada and their health care system? The new president of the Canadian Medical Association states that Canada’s health care is imploding. Canada has also encouraged its citizens to buy and use private insurance to ween them off of government-run health care.
The former president of the Canadian Medical Association was on O’Reilly last night and confirmed the same thing. Although O’Reilly, as usual, wasn’t letting him get his statements in completely, he intimated that there are not enough doctors able to cover the volume of people covered under their system. This leads to rationing of care and increased costs to attempt to fund everyone. Rationing is the only way to say you are covering everyone, and try to cut costs at the same time.
France also reported that it’s health care system is going bankrupt, nearly two weeks ago. No mention of their single-payer system and the nightmare it created for the citizens of that country by the MSM.
The English system also has horrible statistics. Their rate of survival for any cancer or serious illness is significantly worse than it is in the States. The National Center for Policy Analysisalso conducted a study and concluded the NHS was putting the patient last. If NHS was a business it would fail miserably based on its standard operating procedures and business practices that it chooses to implement.
The CBC has just released new statistics that show Americans’ life expentency is on the rise while deaths are not. But I thought American health care was ranked last? It’s amusing to hear liberals use the common argument that the US ranks 37th out of 37 countries when comparing their health care systems. However, when you ask for the context of those statistics, since stats can be masterfully manipulated based on outside factors/variables used to conduct studies, it’s no wonder that the CATO Institute was able to debunk that ranking.
Those who cite the WHO rankings typically present them as an objective measure of the relative performance of national health care systems. They are not. The WHO rankings depend crucially on a number of underlying assumptions–some of them logically incoherent, some characterized by substantial uncertainty, and some rooted in ideological beliefs and values that not everyone shares. Changes in those underlying assumptions can radically alter the rankings.
[…]while the United States ranks 37th, there is no ranking for which both claims are true. Using OP, the United States does rank 37th. But while France is number 1 on OP, Canada is 30. Using OA, the United States ranks 15th, while France and Canada rank 6th and 7th, respectively. In neither ranking is the United States at 37 while France and Canada are in the top 10.
Which ranking is preferable? WHO presents the OP ranking as its bottom line on health system performance, on the grounds that OP represents the efficiency of each country’s health system. But for reasons to be discussed below, the OP ranking is even more misleading than the OA ranking. This paper focuses mainly on the OAranking; however, the main objections apply to both OP and OA.
But, as Newsbusters reports, the media has conveniently overlooked the story regarding Canadian health care, especially when early proponents of Universal health care, like Hillary touted the system as a model the US should use.
One would think that the media would want to get all facts out to the public, and unfortunately, if some of those facts get in the way of what they idealistically felt was the answer, then so be it. The people will be better off knowing the truth and making their decisions on health care from there. It may also help certain representatives who are on the fence. It’s scary to know that the media is willing to throw the country down the toilet and inevitably bankrupt the nation in order to reach their liberal ‘Utopia.’
Facts just seem to get in their way.