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A video is going viral showing a woman's reaction to her treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.  It made her break down in tears - of joy.

Joanne Milne had been born profoundly deaf but in her mid-20s started to loose her sight as well. Earlier this year Joanne was fitted with cochlear implants at the hospital which is one of  20 in the country performing the operation. Her mother videoed the moment they were turned on for the first time.

Ms Milne was fitted with the implants last month and faced an agonising wait after the operation before the device could be switched on and tested. The video, which has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube, shows a nurse saying the days of the week after the implants were switched on.

"The switch-on was the most emotional and overwhelming experience of my life and I'm still in shock now. The first day everybody sounded robotic and I have to learn to recognise what these sounds are as I build a sound library in my brain," she told The Journal.

"Hearing things for the first time is so, so emotional, from the ping of a light switch to running water. I can't stop crying," she added.

I should add that I am well aware that cochlear implants are very contraversial in the Deaf community and many chose not to have the operation. From reports elsewhere I gather Joanne decided to have the implants when it became too difficult for her to lip read. Whatever that discussion, slip below the orange semi-circular canals but make sure you have a tissue handy.

Wiki gives the cost of such an operation in the USA as between $45,000 and $125,000. For Joanne, as a patient treated by the National Health Service, she paid nothing but for her was clearly priceless.

There are many thing wrong with the four Health Services in the UK (those for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are devolved to the local assembly or parliament) but the political discussions focus on the quality of treatment and how it is delivered, not on the mechanisms for collecting the cash for everyone to be covered. There are, however, multiple times more things right with the NHS. Having tears of joy at success and not of despair at the impossibility of paying a bill is one of them.

Originally posted to Lib Dem FoP on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 08:14 PM PDT.

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    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 08:14:25 PM PDT

    •  She has (32+ / 0-)
      "Being deaf was just who I was and I didn't really have any negative thoughts about my deafness, just the one thing of missing out on music,” she said. “I have always wondered what it must be like.”

      She has been to concerts with friends and enjoyed the atmosphere, even though she could only pick up vibrations with the use of traditional hearing aids; now her friends have chosen their favourite songs from each year of her life, ranging from Paul McCartney to Elbow, to give her a crash course on what she has missed.

      BTW, you may notice that quote was from the Daily Telegraph (AKA Torygraph) which is about the most right wing of the broadsheet newspapers. I wonder if the equivalent in the USA would cover this good news story from "socialist" medicine.

      "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 08:41:26 PM PDT

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      •  Well, the problem is that where the liberal (12+ / 0-)

        person rejoices in someone else's good fortune or success, the Con simply experiences a jealous response. Whatever they call the prompt of their discomfort, the bottom line is that the contrarian, conservative, constipated and congested Cons are driven by envy.
        In the ordinary human, evidence of success prompts imitation ("monkey see, monkey do") and helps spread the fruits of positive experience. In the case of the Cons, who are obviously just as habit prone as everyone else, perhaps imitation is frustrated by a lack of talent and then frustration morphs into the obsession we recognize as envy. Like the other so-called "deadly sins," envy is categorized as such because, in the end, the obsessive response is self-defeating.

        I do think the incompetence of the Cons is characteristic.

        by hannah on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 09:16:47 PM PDT

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        •  This statement gets right to the heart (8+ / 0-)

          of so much:

          Well, the problem is that where the liberal person rejoices in someone else's good fortune or success, the Con simply experiences a jealous response.
          Another key distinction is that the RW worldview actively discourages introspection or self-examination in any form.

          These days, their message increasingly falls on deaf ears, since they basically lack curiosity about their intended audiences, or how their words might be taken.

          It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

          by karmsy on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 09:10:21 AM PDT

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        •  Incompetence and lack of talent, both. Interesting (2+ / 0-)
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          thought that that frustration of the imitation may be the root of the furious envy and jealousy. Given the recent discoveries regarding the 'mirror neurons', some defect of that system may be the basis for those lacks.

          The fact that they are both lacking in perception of certain things and  ability to reproduce those things that seem obvious or at least apparent to others may factor in as well.

           It is understandable that someone would simply deny the existence of anything they could not, themselves, perceive. It could be such a blow to the ego that it may trigger survival anxiety and the rest of the negative response. Maybe it's a subconscious fear of being left out of the ongoing breed; fear of being selected against in evolution and left mateless and without offspring because of their infirmity could spawn this fear. I mean who's going to buy last year's model, right? Making and enforcing those rules that allow them to take mates they couldn't attract on their own and force offspring out of those mates are the only ways they can carry their bloodlines forward. Maybe they subconsciously perceive force and unfair advantage as necessary to prevent their extinction. I'm reminded of A.E. Van Vogt's story, SLAN. Maybe we're looking at speciation in action.

          Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
          ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

          by FarWestGirl on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 10:12:29 AM PDT

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          •  I Wish (2+ / 0-)
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            Unfortunately, I'm afraid there'll always be someone of their ilk to mate with.  I knew religious home-schoolers who only intended to let their kids socialize within their limited community.  Whether the kids wriggle free or not, well, I don't know, but I do know the parents do everything they can to prevent it.

        •  It takes a lot of work to teach the children of (4+ / 0-)

          the rich the approved aristocratic air, manner, and entitled mode of thinking, as documented in Thorstein Veblen's magnum opus, The Theory of the Leisure Class.

          It doesn't always take, and then you can get traitors to their class such as FDR. Of course part of his problem was that having polio brought him into the company of others who had it, from every class of society, and led him to identify with them rather than his social and financial peers.

          Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

          by Mokurai on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 10:27:45 PM PDT

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        •  You're almost right (5+ / 0-)

          I think what they really experience are sharp, excruciating pains in the wallet. The thought of the tiny bit of $$$ they no longer have that went towards helping someone else infuriates them.

          •  You Nailed It (3+ / 0-)
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            One of my friends has a neighbor who'll do anything for his friends and neighbors but is fanatically RW.  My friend asked another neighbor, who happened to be a Liberal, how this generous guy could also be so mean spirited.  The other neighbor said it was simply that the guy couldn't stand the thought of any stranger getting even a penny of his money.  So I guess it's greed, pure and simple. As long as you can arbitrarily label "strangers" as being lazy and unworthy, you justify your basic stinginess.  Where are those ghosts of Christmases past, present and future when we need them so badly?  Which leads me to another question----what lesson do these people get from watching A Christmas Carol?  They must have seen one version at least. Don't they recognize themselves in Scrooge?

        •  I think it more self-congratulation (10+ / 0-)

          than jealousy.  And I think you are very naive if you believe that Conservatives are "frustrated by a lack of talent."  Conservatism is survival of the fittest taken to extreme, ego-inflated, narcissistic ends.  

          Liberals have moved farther up Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and want to see all of humanity move up as well.  Conservatives  only want those they believe to be worthy, like them, entitled, superior, stronger, better, to have the fruits ... no, fruits would be a liberal concept ... the spoils of their conquest.  Conservatives believe only certain people deserve a decent life; all the others are simply fungible and unimportant usurpers of resources that they are too weak-minded and pathetic to use well.  They devalue other people in their own minds so that the horror of what their policies and selfishness does to these others does not touch what humanity still exists deep inside them.  They conserve that humanity for only their own.

          Conservatives enjoy conquest for its own sake, to ultimately slake an insatiable ego, be it driven by nationalistic, religious, tribal or simply driven by personal ego and greed.  Liberals want cooperation for the betterment of all.  

          Liberals give us art.  Conservatives give us war.

        •  Conservatives are primarily selfish, (5+ / 0-)

          and authoritarian.  They see nothing wrong with taking everything they can from those less fortunate to grossly enrich themselves, yet when society gives to those in need, they complain that it has been unfairly taken away from them through taxation.

          Conservatives benefit from public goods (education, roads & bridges, employees that they didn't have to educate, etc.) but hate paying their fair share.  Given the chance, they would cut off their nose to spite their face by wrecking the system so others won't benefit, rather than contribute to society themselves.

          When conservatives are in power, the rich become wealthy and the working class becomes poor.  Conservatives use war as a way to take resources from other countries (otherwise known as "protecting our national interests"), and to keep the natives poor and powerless.

          •  Something else that's being missed, (0+ / 0-)

            Taken from my own life, when I was a young married man going to college, my wife became pregnant.  Of course, back in 1982, as a college student, while working full time to pay my tuition, bills and my wife's income going towards the rent, my wife became pregnant.  (Where has that level of energy gone?)  Seems normal right?   Young married couple with the unexpected glory of a coming baby?  I say unexpected because she was on the pill.  Do you think we could afford medical coverage?  Hell no.  What options did I have?  Welfare, food stamps, never really crossed my mind, I was raised middle class and this was way before we had such things as social media where those aspects of society were at the mental forefront like it is now and I was just a typical dumb shit 19/20 year old with a pregnant wife.  
            With money that tight, I needed to sell plasma just to pay her doctor appointments and neonatal vitamins.  This couldn't go on especially because we were living 1500 miles away from family and friends, hell, we didn't even have a car.

            What was a young man in my situation to do?  Why, join the Army of course!  I don't regret it for a second either, but then I never had to go to war although we almost went to Granada, (we were actually more concerned after the Marine barracks had been bombed over seas, we were all eager for some payback).  I digress.  My point is, how many young people would avoid joining the military if health care is an option?  Especially, young folks who don't come from wealthy families providing them with health care.  

            What do the far right love almost as much as money?  The military, defense contracts, war.  How do you ensure to keep the ranks full?  Take away most viable options to joining the military.  I suspect that's why we see so many young soldiers returning to a family after a deployment, the military equated to a shotgun marriage.  Again, I don't regret joining, I'm proud that I did.  I'd planned on joining after college anyway.  Officer's pay would have been a bit better than an E3/E4.  

            So, from my point of view, there's much more to it than just the "too expensive, socialism, bootstraps" arguments.

            I'm damaged and I like it, it made me what I am! BTW, my avatar is as stollen as my father's retirement fund, the old man died almost penniless. Bankers don't go to prison for breaking our laws, they buy bigger yachts.

            by Damaged262 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 11:34:36 AM PDT

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        •  Bravo (1+ / 0-)
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           Perfectly stated....  Good job

      •  Seems like a good time (1+ / 0-)
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        to share this link to a letter written by Helen Keller after she "listened" to a radio broadcast of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with her hands.

        "We *can* go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin!" -- Sinclair Lewis

        by Nespolo on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 09:17:21 AM PDT

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      •  Conservatives are serious in the UK. (2+ / 0-)
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        Listening to David Cameron during Questions Time he clearly cares about his country and at least to hear him tell it points to results of his policies that any liberal would favor.  They are not nearly as far right as the elements that have taken over the GOP and sometimes even come across as left of the Democrats.

        •  Perhaps, BUT: (2+ / 0-)
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          Cameron favors and champions austerity, while Obama has publicly speechified against austerity as a policy.

          The BBC puts a UK RW spin on everything (I hear it on the BBC shows we get on NPR, quite a few). Not a pretty bias and very obviously con though not far left.

          I am not able to give Cameron a more left than our Dems rating. Rather, I see him as a clever strategizing con rascal whose positions are carved by polling. When I listen to him, all I hear is deception and distortion and an appetite for theivery. Sorry. He isn't getting a better than Dems vote from me.

      •  You are wrong about UK POlitical spectrum and RW (3+ / 0-)
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        The Tories-Liberal Democrats-Labor parties which make up the vast majority of political choices in the UK are not anywhere near being a mirror image of our Republican - Democrat paradigm.

        That sort of over simplification has caused people on both sides of the Atlantic to constantly misunderstand the intentions of the other, and given the US Republican party a huge benefit of the doubt in Europe that it simply does NOT deserve.

        Ignoring the Left-Right assumptions, and instead lining up the policies the parties support get this .

        UK Conservative party (Tories) + Liberal Democrats = US Democratic party from Centrist to Liberal

        The UK Labor Party does NOT have a US equivalent. Their policy positions would be considered to socialist (using the actual meaning)

        A handful of national representatives who are Democrats do align with Labor more or less, but they sit in the back seat when it comes to deciding Democratic party positions, and one isn't a Democrat Bernie Sanders. Others like Sheila Jackson are as much targets of fellow Democrats as they are Republicans for being to extreme.

        As for how the Republican benefits from this overseas, you have to look at the actual positions of European parties.

        Do that and you get....

        US Republican party = British National Party.

        US Republican party  = National Front

        Throughout Europe the parties that line up with the US Republican party are what Europeans consider their extreme Right Wing.

        Unlike the USA Europe figured out a way nationally shun such parties and as a result the operate on the Fringe.

        In the USA the Extreme Right Wing fringe is the US Republican party. Politically speaking you cannot get any more Right Wing.

        Finally to infer "in context' the Telegraph is a reflection of our Right Wing media is ludicrous.

        The Telegraph may be the Torygragh true, but it is no more right wing than the New York Times - which surprise surprise more or less hues to an editorial policy aligned with our Democratic party.

        Just food for thought.

    •  Music is the only evidence we have of God (4+ / 0-)

      or something like that , Vonnegut

      "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

      by merrywidow on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 07:09:51 AM PDT

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      •  Because they both require imagination to conceive (2+ / 0-)
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        and appreciate, perhaps.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 08:24:44 AM PDT

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      •  I Found Two Quotes (4+ / 0-)
        If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC
        Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.

        "A famous person once said, 'You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.' But as I once said, "If you don't teach them to read, you can fool them whenever you like." – Max Headroom

        by midnight lurker on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 01:39:11 PM PDT

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      •  Music is evidence that we can be godlike (1+ / 0-)
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        without gods.

        Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

        by Bob Love on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 03:15:21 PM PDT

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      •  Beer, according to Benjamin Franklin (2+ / 0-)

        We have no actual evidence of God as the Religious Right conceives of It. You can take your own hate as evidence of a God of hate, or to the contrary your own love as evidence of a God of love.

        I'm a Buddhist. We don't mind how many Gods you believe in, as long as you understand that worshiping a deluded God of the kind described in the Bible doesn't help you to overcome the causes of suffering within yourself, both your own suffering and what you inflict on others.

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 10:34:09 PM PDT

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  •  Photographers, take note (9+ / 0-)

    (go ahead, pile on, but...)
    No doubt a moving video, but annoying in the constant panning.

    Photographers, turn your phone/cameras 'sideways' when shooting video.

  •  US Spends Twice As Much Per Capita (15+ / 0-)

    I'm sure that if we spent like that in an English system, we'd all have gold plated medical care.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:11:43 PM PDT

    •  Ironically not the case (9+ / 0-)

      For several decades the spending on health by "the government" (in terms of the USA that includes local spending on things like mental health facilities as well as the obvious things like Medicaid, Medicare and VA healthcare) in both the US and UK have been roughly the same as a percentage of GDP. From the UK's Daily Telegraph again, the comments are based on 2008 figures in a 2010 opinion piece.

      It may surprise you, then, to learn that the US Government now spends more on provision of healthcare than does Britain’s. That’s right, the idea that by contrast with the UK, America’s healthcare system is largely reliant on private provision and payment is simply incorrect. The costs of running various US health programmes – Medicare and Medicaid most significantly – is, at 7.4pc of gross domestic product, greater than the 7.2pc of GDP the UK Government spends on the NHS. By my reckoning, the US must just have overtaken Britain this year on this basis (the latest figures date from 2008), having risen worryingly fast in recent years.

      Looking further into the article you will notice that the NHS has considerably fewer high tech diagnostic installations like MRI scanners yet gets better outcomes. That's partly down to these being concentrated in specialist hospitals in the UK but, I suspect, mainly down to the number of "defensive" diagnostic tests undertaken in the USA to ensure and re-confirm diagnoses to avoid litigation.

      For historic reasons down to diet and smoking mainly, Scotland has the worst health in the UK. Yet a study in the mid 2000s showed that the life expectancy of the lowest income earners in Scotland was longer than the highest income earners in the USA.

      "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 06:04:47 AM PDT

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      •  Those numbers are only *government* spending. (7+ / 0-)

        They only don't include private spending. Premiums. Co-pays. Out-of-pocket. etc.

        Include the private spending, and per-capita U.S. spending rockets up to the 2x figure bernard stated.

        "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

        by nosleep4u on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 06:14:22 AM PDT

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      •  Also, the guy you quote, Edmund Conway, (2+ / 0-)
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        is frothing conservative.

        Here's a choice quote from his blog:

        As I watch everyone frothing with excitement over the Chancellor’s reforms to the pensions industry, I can’t help but be reminded of the Gramm-Leach Act of 1999.

        Like George Osborne’s pensions reforms yesterday, this piece of American legislation threw out an ancient, outmoded, unpopular piece of legislation. It modernised an industry.

        Conway is a cheerleader for the banksters. Barf.

        "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

        by nosleep4u on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 06:17:44 AM PDT

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      •  THis has been a long term issue (4+ / 0-)

        The US spends the same amount by the government on health care.  It's that we also spend billions more from our own private coffers.  


        by otto on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 06:25:46 AM PDT

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      •  I Believe US Spends Twice As Much Of GDP (3+ / 0-)
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        because our spending is at least 15% of GDP.

        Naturally a conservative would use a dishonest apples/orange comparison to conclude  that the British system must therefore be hopelessly broken and privatized.

        Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

        by bernardpliers on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 07:52:10 AM PDT

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        •  Actually more (0+ / 0-)

          The total spending on health, including on insurance is now somewhere in the high teens of percentage of GDP (@17%). What is more or less the same in both countries is the percentage of GDP the government spends on healthcare. It's the amount spent on private healthcare and insurance that bulks up the outgoings in the USA. In the USA it's roughly 9% of GDP whereas in the UK it's about 1.5%.

          There's an interesting graph on this page showing the growth in spending in terms of this percentage for total spending in a number of countries. It shows that not only has grown in the USA from 13.6% in 1997 to 17.4% in 2009. the difference between the USA and the next highest industrialized country has grown from 3.4% to 5.4% - in cash terms roughly $850 billion.

          "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

          by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 10:00:30 AM PDT

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  •  A truly heartwarming momnent.... (19+ / 0-)

    But, as an American/Canadian I would like to point out that this treatment is not is paid for through taxes...

    It could also be done this way in the US if we didn't spend so much on war toys for the spoiled big boys in DC. Yes, we do pay high taxes, but so do folks in the US... we just spend them differently here in Canada...we rather have healthcare than bombs.

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abbey

    by SaraBeth on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 03:39:58 AM PDT

    •  I have been fortunate enough to have (6+ / 0-)

      travelled many times to many countries who have had  health care in place for all their citizens for decades.  When talking to the locals about their systems versus ours they certainly don't like the tax bite, but when asked if they would trade their system for ours, they laugh, and say, "never."

      Here in the U.S., we have a cultural thing about "our taxes," going to people who may not "deserve" it.  How dare anyone receive benefits if they are "lay-a-abouts."

      I believe the Europeon attitude is one of knowing perfectly well life is not fair, there always will be some who benefit who may be "unworthy."That to make their systems work, everyone has to be in the "pool."  Where have I heard this before?

      •  Yes; about those "Lay-abouts". (5+ / 0-)

        Our nation, (The USA) has a childish obsession that begins at the Jr High cafeteria table and never ceases; we have to find a way to be superior in some way, to others.

        It's the cancer eating our nation.

        We need to grow the ef up.

        Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

        by Nebraska68847Dem on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 01:28:59 PM PDT

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        •  You are so right; we eagerly show our (2+ / 0-)

          patriotism and tout our superiority in military might, but fall short in taking great pride in how we treat our fellow Americans.  

          I believe a great divide between Republicans and Democrats is in this false pride many people have about America.  Republicans think things should remain status quo.

          Democrats always believe America can do better.  And, by better, it means always striving for the best in education for our young, the best in medical care for all our citizens, a government that cares about its people.  A  Congress that is willing to authorize funds to repair our infrastructure that in turn will keep America working.

          Will we "grow up?"  It does seem we are regressing.

          •  I failed (0+ / 0-)

            in my comment.

            This "disease" is rooted before Democrats and Republicans.

            Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

            by Nebraska68847Dem on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 02:44:59 PM PDT

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            •  I got it and I think you're right. (1+ / 0-)
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              I may get severely bashed for this, but as a non-American, I see the stereotype American as being a swaggering, loudmouthed bully.

               And that image has not changed in the last hundred years.

              It's unfortunate, because I know that it's not true of all Americans.

              •  Overseas Image of Americans (2+ / 0-)
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                I attended graduate school in Scotland in the 1980's.  I met many people there, and their opinion of Americans was about 75/25 bad.  One indicator of a good view of Americans was having a parent who served in World War II.  For most, though, it was Reagan's war mongering and overall bullying that had them disliking Americans.

                One thing I do recall was a friend, Richard, who grew up near Greenham Common, said:  "Before I met you I didn't think I could like any Americans."  

  •  We build all this technology (7+ / 0-)

    And what for?  It should be for moments like this.  Beautiful. Any government program that helps create joy and promotes the general welfare like this is one I'm in favor of.

    Bravo the NHS and up with Medicare for All.

    "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but us can free our minds." - Bob Marley

    by nightsweat on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 06:56:01 AM PDT

  •  Controversy. Money is the only real issue here (0+ / 0-)

    I cannot agree with those who say they should stay deaf if they can fix it.

    but it is very expensive

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 07:09:17 AM PDT

    •  Depends on who you ask (4+ / 0-)

      I have a cochlear implant and couldn't do without it, but I've met Deaf people who aren't interested. I never bought into the whole Deaf Culture thing, but many do.

      •  I ran across this phenomena when I did a paper (1+ / 0-)
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        in college about deafness. I'm hearing impaired, and was stunned and incensed to find during my research the history of how deafness was viewed.

         In the dark and middle ages, a deaf person could not be a Christian... if they could not hear the prayers and teachings, they could not come to the knowledge of God. They also could not inherit because they could have no understanding of the law.

         Even in modern times ( 1900-1980) deaf people were viewed as less intelligent. Many psychology experiments were slanted to have that outcome..proving that they were lacking in more than just the ability to hear.

        In the last fifty years there has been a separation of the deaf community from the rest of us. They rarely want to include hearing people in their group. They have set themselves apart from the rest of the population..they have their own language and their own culture. They don't need us. But that isolation also begrudges change, which is sad, when some could be helped to enjoy the wonders of sound ( and the annoyances).

  •  How many Brits say she's a "taker"? (2+ / 0-)
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    •  She's a "giver" too (6+ / 0-)

      One of the little details that have touched people so much about her is in this from another right-wing newspaper:

      Since she was diagnosed as deaf, Ms Milne has made it her mission to mentor others living with Usher Syndrome.

      She added: 'Being deaf was just who I was. Unfortunately when I became registered blind things changed dramatically and for the first time being deaf became increasingly difficult.'

      Which points to another aspect of how the NHS relieves pressure. Instead of having to slave to get the money to pay for her operation herself, she gave her time to supporting others with the same rare illness. Similarly those with children who have disabilities or long term health problems (including the current and immediate past Prime Ministers) who rely on the NHS for the (admittedly sometimes) basic healthcare and care support can form support networks for both their and their child's benefit, without having to fundraise for these treatments. Where charities and fundraising is involved is in providing additional facilities - an example being the hostel for the parents at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children so they can stay close as they come from all over the UK and abroad for treatment. (There are very rare cases when a novel or experimental treatment is available elsewhere where fundraising for treatment does take place.)

      Having said that, there is a sort of "taker" attitude towards newcomers to the country. Usually these are based on right wing rants from the likes of Nigel Farrage with no basis in fact and ignoring that the NHS relies heavily on foreign born staff or that there are reciprocal arrangements with other countries. The whistle words for them are things like "healthcare tourism". This plays into the sense of entitlement all legitimately have that they are entitled to healthcare "from womb to tomb" indeed arguments often start "I've paid my National Insurance all my life and ....". It's a form of social contract that has become ingrained in the 75 years or so of the NHS.

      Joanne's story is featured today on the BBC News channel - describing the video showing her "magical moment". I guess another part of that implicit social contract is that patients give up their confidentiality to share their experience. On TV there are a number of "fly on the wall" documentaries covering the work of ER rooms (Accident and Emergency Departments) or paramedics in which patients and their families freely give their permission to film and give interviews after. In some ways, that it their way of "paying" for the treatment and thanking the medical staff even if their loved one does not survive an accident or sudden illness.  

      The British, as you may have seen during the 2012 Olympics opening, celebrate our NHS and are often passionate about improving the care it provides. Again, it seems that Americans can justifiably be proud of some of the advances made in their top hospitals but have real problems in being able to afford access to it, so the question of quality for the many goes out of the window.

      "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 09:24:12 AM PDT

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    •  Those Brits would have to come here... (0+ / 0-)

      and learn to become true assholes.

  •  Somewhere (6+ / 0-)
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    a CEO weeps too for not being able to make a profit off of this.

    Get busy living or get busy dying

    by Kaiser Soeze on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 07:42:32 AM PDT

  •  God bless Britain. (2+ / 0-)
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    You can still show us the way.

    The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

    by amyzex on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 08:12:58 AM PDT

  •  Great diary, thanks. nt (2+ / 0-)
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    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 09:11:41 AM PDT

  •  NHS (1+ / 0-)
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    She can jump for joy all she likes, but joy is not what I'm hearing as far as treatment by the NHS goes from peeps in the UK, especially those desperately needing MH treatment.

    •  True (4+ / 0-)

      I presume your abbreviation is "mental health" and this is one area with very real problems which I mentioned in passing in the diary.

      Part of that is down to the lack of talking therapists to treat mild to moderate depression (rather than using chemicals). This is now the recommended starting point for treatment but previous reliance on drugs mean that there are simply not enough people - some progress is being made on computer moderated responses to mimic a talking therapy. We too suffered the problem of closing down mental health hospitals which at best warehoused patients and moving towards proper care in the community. Unfortunately it was seen as a cost reduction measure as well, by successive governments.

      All I'd point out to counter that is that the shortfalls are known. Indeed, the different countries in the UK have different political priorities and hence different problems. In England, those in work (broadly) are charge for their drugs at about $13 per item on the prescription. In Scotland and Wales these charges are waived but they have worse delays in A&E (as an example of these differences)

      "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 09:35:20 AM PDT

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  •  Rush Limbaugh, foe of universal health care, (0+ / 0-)

    has cochlear implants.  He blew his hearing out from years of Oxycontin abuse.  

    But what counts here is this woman's joy.  Fantastic to watch.

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 10:10:04 AM PDT

  •  I was born in the US... (5+ / 0-)

    but both of my parents were Canadian citizens when I was born  (dual citizenship possibility, considered actively during the Bush years and definitely would have been used if Sarah P was one heart beat away)).... but much of my extended family is Canadian. I always love the nutjob RW stories about Canadian citizens dying in the streets 'cause they can't see a doctor or get hospital care. What a load of shite! Ask any of my aunts uncles or cousins whether they would rather be under the umbrella of the "greatest healthcare system in the world" or under the care of the national health system in Canada. After they stop rolling on the floor with laughter they give their answer and I suspect you know what it is...and it doesn't comport with any of Ted Cruz's wet dreams of free enterprise health care in Amerika!.

    •  Canadians (2+ / 0-)
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      I live in a tourist destination and meet many Canadians when I'm at the beach. I've never met one I didn't instantly like. They all love it here but would never move here full time and lose their Canadian health care.  They may stay here a month or 4, but they are definitely heading back to their home country's health care, ay!

  •  what a great moment and (2+ / 0-)
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    there is nothing political about it.  her sheer joy is overwhelming.  the sounds of someones voice and its expression in music is transcendent to say the least.  it is clear she has been given a great gift.

  •  One thing I've noticed (2+ / 0-)
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    Universal health care schemes vary from country to country:

    - Canadian style (single payer that covers everything)
    - National service (Britain, which provides basic but complete services; people with private insurance get more but nobody gets kicked out)
    - France (the best approach IMO, it would have been the easiest to do in the US as well since the Medicare infrastructure is already in place) a Medicare-for-all system with private gap insurance (if you can afford it) and subsidies to cover the gap (if you can't).
    - Germany/Switzerland (ACA-like but with more subsidies and more regulation, especially of private insurers, including prescription cost controls).

    Every other developed country does this, and every other developed country gets better results for less money.  For example, procedures don't just cost less in France, there are fewer of them because there are no financial incentives to recommend them.  The ACA does not deal with these distortions and assumes that competing provider networks will push costs down.

    The major reason for the virulent opposition to Obamacare is racism.  No, not against Obama (there's plenty of that, too, that just makes it even more shrill), but against anyone non-white and non-Christian and not having a suitable middle class appearance: these are the "other" that they perceive will wind up in the same hospitals.  Its roots are in segregation in the South, plain and simple.  Nothing has changed in that regard since national health insurance was first proposed by Harry Truman in the 1940s, except that more delicate euphemisms ("takers") are used today.

    •  Hmmm.... (2+ / 0-)

      Take a look at the voting patterns in many ex-Confederate states - whites overwhelmingly R, blacks overwhelmingly D. In some cases like Mississippi, almost all whites vote Republican. Is this part of the story here? Incredible racial polarization, which just shows what kind of a dinosaur the modern-day GOP is. This could explain too why the party became so extreme that it is unelectable in vast areas of the country, including those where it once had some relevance, such as parts of the Northeast. Heck, right now it seems like Republicans might become unelectable statewide in places like Virginia.  

  •  THIS is what equitable taxation is all about (1+ / 0-)
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    Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

    by raincrow on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 02:21:35 PM PDT

  •  One of the biggest problems with the American (1+ / 0-)
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    healthcare system is demonstrated by the range of costs specified in the article.  The  differential between the low cost provider and the high cost provider for this operation is common for many common hospital procedures, even when the hospitals are geographically close to each other.  The reasons for such a vast difference in cost for what amounts to the same surgery is somewhat mysterious as is the formula for determining how much private insurers reimburse for a procedure.

    Unlike almost any other professional service, it is nearly impossible for the patient to get any kind of a prior cost estimate even for elective or non-emergency procedures, much less be able to make an informed choice of hospital or physician based on such information.


    •  Everybody needs to read Atul Gawande's (4+ / 0-)

      classic New Yorker article, The Cost Conundrum which compares two Texas cities whose populations are comparable  in demographics and overall health but whose healthcare costs are wildly different.

      His main thesis is that our healthcare system doesn't really act like a system, but rather a bunch of separate components. The city with the lower costs had a more systematic approach to healthcare.

      If nothing else, the article should disabuse you of the notion that differences in regional/national healthcare costs mainly reflect differences in population health (e.g the oft-seen argument that US health costs are higher because we're sicker because we haven't quit eating the foods that the arguer personally demonizes).

      Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

      by ebohlman on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 06:20:16 PM PDT

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  •  Nice to end the evening on some good news! (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for posting this.  :)

    I'm a Christian, therefore I'm a liberal.

    by VirginiaJeff on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 10:33:31 PM PDT

  •  What to focus on in Healthcare (1+ / 0-)
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    The writer says of UK healthcare:
    "the political discussions focus on the quality of treatment and how it is delivered, not on the mechanisms for collecting the cash for everyone to be covered."

    This is such an important observation, and needs to be repeated to the architects of our healthcare. Without the quality of medical care the U.S. was known for, and which we have come to take for granted, 'reform' is meaningless.

    I have been disturbed at the very lack of emphasis on these two points, from the quantity and training standards of physicians, to the vast powers of health insurers and at times, the government--to usurp physicians' and patients' rights of choice and decision-making.

  •  My sister has lived in England for 25 years (4+ / 0-)

    She gets way better health care with no bills to worry about. Her husband, dying of cancer, is treated by experts - in a timely, compassionate manner. They continue to own their house, and her son still attends the University of Wales. The attention is upon the well-being of the patient and family, as they cope with death and dying - not dollars. As long as the US has money for nuclear submarines, they have money for healthcare.

  •  I am highly impressed (2+ / 0-)
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    by the medical technician in the video.

    She has a job to do with many objectives.
    Mixed within it, she has to not only anticipate her patient's response, but make it a positive experience.

    The tech needs to leave the room with all the boxes checked as well as tending to the tremendous emotional needs of the patient.

    It's a miracle... for the patient.

    It's also a ton of investment in the technician, faith in the process of healing and the humanity to enable it.

    If you ever saw, "The Miracle Worker"... imagine Anne Sullivan witnessing this event and understanding how her severe dedication opened up the possibilities to this miracle.

    Lastly, how the mother videoing the moment keeps quiet, and manages to maintain composure... is beyond me. Her utter blind faith in the process to heal her daughter is remarkable.

    Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 02:25:32 PM PDT

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    I can't imagine. How lucky you are and how lucky I have always been.  Enjoy all of it, especially little birds singing, kitties meowing, doggies barking, children laughing, everyone laughing at children laughing.  Happy.  It will make you happy and oh, so lucky.  Congratulations!

  •  is it ok to tear up watching the video? (2+ / 0-)
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    what is wrong with us humans - why we cant provide the basic of human rights universally - right to liberty & freedom, right to education, right to healthcare, right to live above poverty if we are ready for a honest day's labor.

    Why is that asking for more? If politicians give me the above, i am ok if wall street is allowed to loot or third world regimes are mega-corrupt but as an advanced & intelligent species, can we not do better at gteeing some basic rights to EVERY global citizen

  •  Of course (3+ / 0-)

    we just can't have this kind of socialistic thing in the US since a single payer system might actually help people.  Nope.  Can't do that. ... so say many of our legislators by their actions anent health insurance.

  •  Adam Smith on Healthcare and Education (0+ / 0-)

    Even Adam Smith, the Scottish economist and father of market-based ideology, thought the state was "probably better" at health and education.

    The NHS United Kingdom is one of the most cost-effective health systems in the developed world, according to a study (pdf) published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

    The "surprising" findings show the NHS saving more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country apart from Ireland over 25 years. Among the 17 countries considered, the United States healthcare system was among the least efficient and effective.

    Researchers said that this contradicted assertions by the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, that the NHS needed competition and choice to become more efficient.

    "The government proposals to change the NHS are largely based on the idea that the NHS is less efficient and effective than other countries, especially the US," said Professor Colin Pritchard, of Bournemouth University, who analysed a quarter of a century's data from 1980.

    "The results question why we need a big set of health reform proposals ... The system works well. Look at the US and you can see where choice and competition gets you. Pretty dismal results.

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 10:14:05 AM PDT

  •  Treatment for an American (1+ / 0-)
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    Back in 1991, on a visit to London, I had a minor injury to my foot that I tried to walk off, but couldn't.  My hotel suggested I go to a nearby clinic for treatment (at 1AM.)  They called a taxi for me; I was treated immediately and received a supply of medication for the foot sprain.  I asked where I paid the bill, and was informed there was no charge -- and they even gave me an address to send the taxi receipt for reimbursement.

    That is how medical care should be administered.

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