August 13, 2009
THE MORE THATCHERIST THE BETTER:
America should avoid copying Britain, warns Tory MEP (Paul Waugh, Deputy Political Editor Paul Waugh, Deputy Political Editor, 13.08.09, Evening Standard)
A Tory MEP has warned Americans against copying the NHS and called instead for a system of personal health accounts to deliver better healthcare. [...]
Mr Hannan used a speech in Washington to claim that the service was a "Marxist system" and warned Americans to "ponder our example and tremble". He also told Fox News that "you would much rather fall ill in the US". Writing on his blog today, Mr Hannan defended his remarks, pointing out that he wanted to "replace the current government monopoly in healthcare with a Singapore-style system of personal health accounts".
He disagreed with David Cameron over his refusal to radically reform the NHS.
"It seems increasingly obvious that American voters are turning against Barack Obama's plans...British-style state-administered hospitals - that plainly ain't gonna happen. Which raises the intriguing question of whether Britain would establish the NHS today," he wrote.
Former deputy prime minister John Prescott said Mr Hannan's remarks showed "the mask is slipping and Dan Hannan is the true face of 'caring Conservatism'."
Bingo! Rather than using a top-down system to make people even more dependent on the State, compassionate conservative solutions, like HSAs, provide even the very poor with independence. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2009 6:24 AM