The story on “heathcare guaranteed for all” in Venezuela is amazing, because it is a real live example of Socialism in action, and it is happening RIGHT NOW. Here is the link [LINK]
A current, real live example of Socialism and its utter destruction of health and well being presumably makes it harder for Liberals to shut their minds to the truth of what Barack Obama is doing inside the United States.
So here is a convenient summary in which I’ve added Socialist Themes as headings for easy comprehension.
Every system based on Socialism — every one of them — has the following features, and yes, I am making direct reference to Obamacare in almost every one of them:
Utopian fantasy goal
The country’s 1999 constitution guarantees free universal health care to Venezuelans…
Central Government Price Setting Failures
Worse, government price caps set in July for common procedures are impossible to meet, Rosales said. For example, dialysis treatment was set at 200 bolivars ($30 at the official exchange rate and less than $4 on the black market) for a procedure that costs 5,000 bolivars to administer.
Rampant Inflation as the Currency is Abused in Support of Price Controls
Economists blame government mismanagement and currency controls set by the late President Hugo Chavez for inflation pushing 50 percent annually.
Talent Flight – The”Makers” run away rather than be enslaved by the state
Half the public health system’s doctors quit under Chavez, and half of those moved abroad…
Now, support staff is leaving, too…At the Caracas blood bank, Lopez said 62 nurses have quit so far this year along with half the lab staff…
Doctors at the hospital sent home 300 cancer patients last month when supply shortages and overtaxed equipment made it impossible for them to perform non-emergency surgeries. Driving the crisis in health care are the same forces that have left Venezuelans scrambling to find toilet paper, milk and automobile parts.
At least 70 percent of radiotherapy machines, precisely what Gonzalez will need once her tumor is removed, are now inoperable in a country with 19,000 cancer patients — meaning fewer than 5,000 can be treated…
At Maracay’s 433-bed Central Hospital, mattresses are missing, broken windows go unrepaired and the cafeteria has been closed for a year. Paint peels off walls and rusty pipes lie exposed. In the halls, patients on intravenous drips lie recovering on gurneys.
…Because her last chemotherapy was in June, she needs more sessions before surgery, but the drugs are not available and the cancer has reached lymph nodes beneath her armpit.
Government Denials / Orwellian soul-crushing nonsense
The country’s 1999 constitution guarantees free universal health care to Venezuelans, who sit on the world’s largest proven oil reserves. Maduro’s government insists it’s complying.
“Two months ago we asked the government to declare an emergency,” said Natera, whose doctors group is the country’s largest. “We got no response.”
State-Owned Enterprises are in complete failure mode
Rosales said insurers, many state-owned, are four to six months behind in payments and it is nearly impossible to meet payrolls and pay suppliers.
Vestigial Private Companies Easily Out-perform the Government-run entities
The private system has just 8,000 of the country’s more than 50,000 hospital beds but treats 53 percent of the country’s patients, including the 10 million public employees with health insurance.
Women Suffer Disproportionally
The number of women dying in childbirth has also risen, to 69 per 100,000 in 2010 from 51 in 1998.
Misery, Suffering, and Death
Evelina Gonzalez was supposed to undergo cancer surgery in July following chemotherapy but wound up shuttling from hospital to hospital in search of an available operating table. On the crest of her left breast, a mocha-colored tumor doubled in size and now bulges through her white spandex tank top. …Because her last chemotherapy was in June, she needs more sessions before surgery, but the drugs are not available and the cancer has reached lymph nodes beneath her armpit.
Abandonment of the very citizens the system was designed to help
“I feel like I’ve been abandoned,” Gonzalez, 37, tells a bright-eyed hospital psychologist trying to boost her morale. Her right eye is swollen by glaucoma diagnosed two years ago but left untreated when she had trouble getting an appointment.
Citizens who believe the lies, and vote for the Fascist even though his promises are dead-on-arrival
Gonzalez says she adored Chavez for his anti-poverty programs, always voted for him and constantly applied for government benefits, though she never received any.