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How do Brits respond to the perception in America of their UHC?

LONDON – Britons reacted with outrage Friday at American criticism of the country's health care system and defended their cradle-to-grave medical coverage on Twitter, television and in the tabloids.

Right-wing attacks on President Barack Obama's health reform plans have struck a nerve in Britain, where residents broadly take for granted their universal coverage under the state-funded National Health Service — and look askance at the millions of Americans without insurance.

"Land of the Fee," declared the Daily Mirror in reference to the United States' high-charging health model. The London newspaper called the "lies and distortions" being circulated in the United States about the National Health Service "truly sickening."

"Jaw droppingly untruthful," said the British Medical Association's chairman, Hamish Meldrum.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:55 AM on Aug. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Even British health campaigner Kate Spall — who criticizes NHS failings in U.S. television ads produced by Conservatives for Patients' Rights, a lobby group that opposes Obama's plans — declared that the group had misled her and was distorting her true views. Spall's mother died of kidney cancer while waiting for treatment.

    "There are failings in the system but I'm not anti-NHS at all," Spall told the British Broadcasting Corp.

    "I help the vulnerable patients in our country that come to me for help, those that have been denied treatment," she said. "So the irony is, the people that are falling through the net in the U.S. are patients that I would support anyway."
    Britain's opposition Conservative Party is distancing itself from its maverick member of European Parliament, Daniel Hannan, who has criticized the NHS on U.S. news programs.

    Conservative leader David Cameron dismissed Hannan as having "eccentric views."
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:56 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090814/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_us_health_care;_ylt=AkpDGOI0F8yRqCESR.hHci7Cw5R4;_ylu=X3oDMTJzcjJldXYzBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwODE0L2V1X2JyaXRhaW5fdXNfaGVhbHRoX2NhcmUEY3BvcwM1BHBvcwM1BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDYnJpdG9uc2RlZmVu

    In an e-mail to Conservative Party workers published on his blog, Cameron said millions, including his own family, were grateful for NHS-provided care.

    "Just look at all the support which the NHS has received on Twitter over the last couple of days," he wrote. "It is a reminder — if one were needed — of how proud we in Britain are of the NHS."

    The NHS, founded in 1948, is the cornerstone of the United Kingdom's welfare state.

    About 12 percent of the UK's 61 million residents have private insurance, but the vast majority rely on state-funded emergency care, surgery and access to family doctors.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:57 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Take this to the journal section please.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Daily Mirror....why not quote the National Enquirer????? lol
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:27 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Yea, I have neighbors from the UK, Germany, and my sil is from New Zealand. ALL are against ObamaCare. We discuss their respective nations care quite frequently. No thanks.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:29 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • anon :27. I have to say I agree.. maybe they were paid off to write that article? rofl.
    BEXi

    Answer by BEXi at 9:30 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • I think Britain should also take into consideration the huge difference in population, how broke we already are, and how crappy our government run programs are as it is..
    BEXi

    Answer by BEXi at 9:31 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • "Jaw droppingly untruthful," said the British Medical Association's chairman, Hamish Meldrum.


    There are failings in the system but I'm not anti-NHS at all," Spall told the British Broadcasting Corp.


    Conservative leader David Cameron dismissed Hannan as having "eccentric views."Cameron said millions, including his own family, were grateful for NHS-provided care

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:36 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • And how does Britain know exactly how our health care is going to be ran when the people in Congress barely even read the bill. The HR3200 bill is just a rough draft, there is more to be added, and most likely at the last second so that these power hungry fools can get their control in without people having a chance to shoot it down.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:42 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • thats one person in a sea of 30 million! i'm certain for every person who loves nhs, there are a dozen who hate it--just like here in the good ol us of a! lol
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

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