On May 2, Fred Thompson wrote an op/ed about Michael Moore’s “documentary” about the Cuban health care system. In his piece, Thompson sets the record straight about not only the non existent health care system, but also Cuba’s horrible human rights record.
The truth is that Cuban medical care has never recovered from Castro’s takeover — when the country’s health care ranked among the world’s best. He won the support of the Cuban people by promising to replace Batista’s dictatorship with free elections, and to end corruption. Once in power, though, he made himself dictator and instituted Soviet-style Communism. Cubans not only failed to regain their democratic rights, their economy plunged into centrally planned poverty.
As many as half of Cuba’s doctors fled almost immediately — and defections continue to this day. Castro won’t allow observers in to monitor his nation’s true state, but defectors tell us that many Cubans live with permanent malnutrition and long waits for even basic medical services. Many treatments we take for granted aren’t available at all — except to the Communist elite or foreigners with dollars.
For them, Castro keeps “show” clinics equipped with the best medicines and technologies available. It was almost certainly one of these that Moore went to, if the stories in the NY Post and the Daily News are true.
Nothing about this story inspires doubt, though. Elements in Hollywood have been infatuated with the Cuban commander for years. It always leaves me shaking my head when I read about some big-time actor or director going to Cuba and gushing all over Castro. And, regular as rain, they bring up the health care myth when they come home.
Michael Moore must have liked the PR because he responded to Thompson’s piece by challenging Thompson to a debate. Well, Fred responded today. Take a look:
You can also see it here.
Update: Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit writes:
If this is a foretaste of a Thompson campaign, it’s pretty potent.
Indeed. Thompson’s got nerve.