Flu Shows Why Government “Health Care” May Not Solve All Our Problems

Some Americans look toward Canada, Britain and  other nations as glowing examples of government health care making life better.

But the advocates of not nationalizing health care go to these very nations to ask doctors and those that feel wronged by the government systems to give their opinions — always negative.

And the Brits are now discussing a 50% tax for top earners to pay for health care and the other parts of their system….

Then we have the H1N1 flu: which might actually be a relatively normal flu and not one needing too much government intervention.

The noise of all the government crowing about the flu has actually, as far as we can tell, fueled not wisdom in health care but over reaction — which might be not helping and which could even prevent the government from being effective in a real emergency.

The face of the government response became Janet “watch out for veterans and Canadians” Napolitano — because Team Obama couldn’t come up with a Health Secretary who had paid his or her taxes before the flu hit….usually the flu doesn’t hit until autumn so this is understandable….

One student gets sick and the school closes for two weeks?  One passenger gets sick and the aircraft is diverted?  Please.

But our government kept the border with Mexico open and told border guards not to wear masks — looks too unfriendly.

I mean, who will listen to Joe Biden next time?  He told his family (and the nation) to stay off the train — then took the train home the very next day.

Mexico has taken an economic hit for the flu, and many will say rightly so.  Mexico has the most flu related deaths — maybe all the flu related deaths.  But it might be that Mexico needs better health care and not more “help” from outsiders.

China told people not to go to Mexico and Mexico told people not to go to China — so there.

One wonders how many Mexicans go on holiday in China anyway — with Cinco de Mayo and the USA so near.

Maybe we should try out nationalized health care in Mexico.  I’m just not sure I want Joe Biden, Janet Napolitano and the others who gave us this particular flu emergency to solve the more general problem…..

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From CNN:

“There is too much hysteria in the country and so far, there hasn’t been that great a danger,” said Congressman Ron Paul, a Republican from Texas. “It’s overblown, grossly so.”

The United States’ only death this year from the virus was a 22-month-old boy in Texas who was visiting from Mexico.

“We have people without symptoms going into the emergency rooms asking to be screened for swine flu at the expense of people with real illness,” said Cathy Gichema, a nurse in Pikesville, Maryland.

“Schools are being shut for probable causes – sending these kids congregating to the malls. How is that helping,” Gichema said.

Dr. Mark Bell, principal of Emergent Medical Associates, which operates 18 emergency departments in Southern California, said the level of fear is unprecedented.

“I haven’t seen such a panic among communities perhaps ever,” Bell said. “Right now, people think if they have a cough or a cold, they’re going to die. That’s a scary, frightening place to be in. I wish that this hysteria had not occurred and that we had tempered a little bit of our opinions and thoughts and fears in the media.”

Read it all:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/HE
ALTH/05/03/swine.flu.react/index.html

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From Reuters

Mexico on Saturday accused Beijing of discrimination against its citizens and advised them to avoid China after a Hong Kong hotel was sealed off following confirmation a Mexican guest had the new flu virus.

Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa also condemned China and four Latin American countries for restricting flights from Mexico, the epicenter of an H1N1 flu outbreak that the World Health Organization fears may become a global pandemic.

At a news conference, Espinosa criticized authorities in Hong Kong for quarantining the Metropark Hotel on Friday after test results showed the 25-year-old Mexican guest was infected with the virus. Mexico on Saturday accused Beijing of discrimination against its citizens and advised them to avoid China after a Hong Kong hotel was sealed off following confirmation a Mexican guest had the new flu virus.

Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa also condemned China and four Latin American countries for restricting flights from Mexico, the epicenter of an H1N1 flu outbreak that the World Health Organization fears may become a global pandemic.

At a news conference, Espinosa criticized authorities in Hong Kong for quarantining the Metropark Hotel on Friday after test results showed the 25-year-old Mexican guest was infected with the virus.

Read the rest:
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/
newsdesk/N02360932.htm

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From AP

Health experts walked a tightrope Sunday, unsure whether the swine flu epidemic was starting to fizzle out or was just in a lull before another surge. Germany reported two more confirmed cases, and Hong Kong kept 350 people under quarantine in a downtown hotel as a precaution.

Read the rest:
http://news.aol.com/article/fl
u-slows/458139

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