France Fights Universal Care’s High Cost

With this type of evidence of what our health care system will eventually look like (along with the mess in Massachusetts) why do they insist on telling us how wonderful it will be?

From the Wall Street Journal:

When Laure Cuccarolo went into early labor on a recent Sunday night in a village in southern France, her only choice was to ask the local fire brigade to whisk her to a hospital 30 miles away. A closer one had been shuttered by cost cuts in France’s universal health system.

Ms. Cuccarolo’s little girl was born in a firetruck.

France claims it long ago achieved much of what today’s U.S. health-care overhaul is seeking: It covers everyone, and provides what supporters say is high-quality care. But soaring costs are pushing the system into crisis. The result: As Congress fights over whether America should be more like France, the French government is trying to borrow U.S. tactics.

Read the rest:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124958049241511735.html

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