Go to Google and type in healthcare and "civilized nations". You'll come up with an array of editorials and blog posts sniffing that it's time for the U.S. to adopt the socialized medical systems of the other civilized nations. (Canada, Cuba, China, etc.) Just hit this link for a sampling. It doesn't matter which one you open, the message in each will be similar. The general theme is that all the really cool, you know, civilized countries let their governments run their healthcare system.
And now for something completely different. This is from The Daily Mail (U.K.):
A man of 22 died in agony of dehydration after three days in a leading teaching hospital.
Kane Gorny was so desperate for a drink that he rang police to beg for their help.
They arrived on the ward only to be told by doctors that everything was under control.
I want to be sure you understand this. The kid had to call the freakin' police from his British Civilized Nation hospital bed to get some water.
The next day his mother Rita Cronin found him delirious and he died within hours.
She said nurses had failed to give him vital drugs which controlled fluid levels in his body. 'He was totally dependent on the nurses to help him and they totally betrayed him.'
....The death certificate said Mr Gorny had died because of a 'water deficit' and 'hypernatraemia' - a medical term for dehydration.
.....The tragedy emerged a week after a report into hundreds of deaths at Stafford Hospital revealed the appalling quality of care given by many of the nurses.
This week a task force called on nurses to sign a public pledge that they will treat everyone with compassion and dignity.
Or at least sign a statement that you're willing to get up and get a kid a glass of water.
I know, I know. This happened in England, not the U.S.
The people who run our Post Office, Department Of Motor Vehicles, and Department Of Health And Human Services will be much more compassionate and efficient.