Jan 28, 2008


Yeah, socialized medicine - that's what we need. Just like the UK.
Jerome Bartens was diagnosed as deaf in his right ear when he was just two and has struggled at school ever since. But Jerome, now 11, was suddenly able to hear clearly again as he played with friends in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. He said he heard a popping sound, then found the tip of a cotton wool bud in his ear. His family believe Jerome must have put the bud in his ear as a toddler and the centimetre-long cotton tip came off the plastic stem.
DIAGNOSED AS DEAF. Like as in A DOCTOR SAID SO. Actually, MULTIPLE DOCTORS. For NINE YEARS. Click that link. You gotta see how big the thing is. AND THEY MISSED IT.

Trust me when I say this, as a recipient of the only truly socialized health care system currently active in America - military health care - socialized medicine IS NOT what you're looking for.*

Just remember that come November.
*Military medical is spectacular at shock-trauma treatment, aka battlefield medicine. Where they suck is any type of family care or continuing care situation. I am in year four of a dental procedure that would likely have been completed in a few months out in the private sector. Part of that had to do with deployment schedules, but more than that it has to do with not being able to schedule appointments any sooner than months in advance sometimes. You ready to wait months to have a cavity filled or a broken bone set? Or years to find out that you aren't really deaf? Yeah, that'll be fun.

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