President Obama said he didn’t want to force everyone onto a single payer health care plan. He said over and over again during the campaign that if you were happy with your private insurance that you could keep it but a public option would be available. He made the same claim again just the other day in Green Bay, but this time he said that the public option was designed to keep the private insurance companies “honest” by offering them competition. President Obama has no business accusing the the insurance companies of being dishonest when he and the other single payer supporters are the folks trying to dupe the American people about their plans to destroy the private insurance industry. Verum Serum has the proof (Hat tip: Hot Air):
Update: Some may welcome a single payer health care system thinking it is superior to private insurance, but that is not the case, particularly for women. Jim Hoft examined how socialized medicine fails women with breast cancer. In the UK, the breast cancer rate has sky rocketed under government run health care.
Currently the United States leads the world in treating breast cancer. Women with breast cancer have a 14 percent higher survival rate in the United States than in Europe. Breast cancer mortality is 52 percent higher in Germany than in the United States, and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom. Breast cancer mortality is also 9 percent higher in Canada than in the US. Less than 25 percent of U.S. women die from breast cancer. In Britain, it’s 46 percent; France, 35 percent; Germany, 31 percent; Canada, 28 percent; Australia, 28 percent, and New Zealand, 46 percent. The European Network of Cancer Registries reported:
Breast cancer is also the most common cancer in females in Europe. It is estimated that in the year 2000 there were 350,000 new breast cancer cases in Europe, while the number of deaths from breast cancer was estimated at 130,000. Breast cancer is responsible for 26.5 percent of all new cancer cases among women in Europe, and 17.5 percent of cancer deaths.
In Britain, where they enjoy socialized medicine, breast cancer rates have soared by more than 80 percent in the past 30 years under their system. A big reason for this is early diagnosis. Nine of 10 middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a mammogram, compared to less than three-fourths of Canadians (72 percent). Women who develop breast cancer in Europe are four times more likely to be diagnosed when the tumor has spread and survival is less likely than are women in the US.
The BBC reported that US women were more likely to survive breast cancer than their European counterparts because they are diagnosed earlier, research finds. The five year survival rate in the US was 89 percent compared to 79 percent in Europe. One reason was that 41 percent of the US cases were diagnosed at an early stage, compared to just 29 percent in Europe and this greatly improved the survival rate.
This should frighten American women. They are less likely to survive breast cancer under government run health care.