I suppose it is a function of age, but I tire of the people that whine about how they DESERVE this or DESERVE that. They utter the word with such passion that the casual listener may actually believe these people have worked hard or contributed something of value, therefore they are ENTITLED to something in exchange.
Unfortunately, many of those who say they DESERVE "free" healthcare, or are ENTITLED to "free" healthcare have done nothing to EARN "free" healthcare.
And so it goes with the residents of Great Britain who have been told for years they are ENTITLED to free and unfettered access to health care.
Now, just like the venerable London Bridge, the National Health Service is falling down, falling down, falling down.
Years of underfunding have left the service facing such “impossible” demands that without urgent extra investment in November’s autumn statement it will have to cut staff, bring in charges or introduce “draconian rationing” of treatment - The Guardian
But what about the promise of free health care?
Sorry Virginia, there is no Santa Claus.
“The government must be honest with the public about what the NHS can deliver with the funding it has been given. It is simply not realistic to expect hard-pressed staff to deliver new commitments like seven-day services while also meeting waiting-time targets and reducing financial deficits.”
Honesty in government. What a novel idea.
If only we had that here in the states there might not be so many people that wanted a health care system like everyone else.