SET | Something new to ponder about the health care reform debate

It has long been common knowledge that the Canadian, British, and other western societies that have government-run health care have a rationing system for advanced critical services like open-heart surgery. Hence, stories like this one surface from time to time about high-profile citizens of these nations who choose to come to the U.S. for advanced medicine, where they probably usually pay out of pocket.

All of this gives much fodder to those on the side of stopping any attempts in the USA to implement a similar system here for government-run health care.

Quotable BLOGGER BEN SMITH | http://politico.twi.bz/g | "Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams is set to undergo heart surgery this week in the United States. | CBC News confirmed Monday that Williams, 60, left the province earlier in the day and will have surgery later in the week. | The premier's office provided few details, beyond confirming that he would have heart surgery and saying that it was not necessarily
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Williams new health-debate poster boy

Danny Williams either bought faster foreign access to routine heart surgery or needed urgent specialized treatment Newfoundland's health care system did not provide. The real diagnosis doesn't matter because his fate in at least one national medicare debate is sealed. | Read more:

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