Eugene Brown: British health care outstanding

November 2, 2013 

Those mostly right-wing tea party folks who continue to trash the Affordable Care Act are ignoring the elephant in the room – the fact that we, the so-called “greatest nation in the world,” are still without a workable and affordable national health care system. Instead of simply bad-mouthing Obamacare and using it as a political football, the Republicans should be spending more time helping to design a program that actually works.

Having once lived and worked in London for a British firm and on the British economy, helping to pay for their national health care system, I can vouch for its effectiveness when medical care was needed. And years later, my wife and I flew into Gatwick Airport for a visit. Before landing, she fell violently ill and and was carried from the plane in a wheelchair. I summoned the paramedics, who were great, and we elected to have an ambulance take her to the hospital down the road. There she received excellent care from the nurses and doctor on call. Three hours later, she was discharged and the cost for all this? $12 for a prescription!

Eugene Brown

Raleigh

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