I know people who are alive today as a result of NHS treatment. I know people who have undergone life-changing surgery that was only possible because the cost of our health service is shared by us all.
One such person recently told me that, if they had been forced to undergo their surgery under a US-style system, they would have been charged no less than £100,000.
It would have put them in poverty for the rest of their life. The average UK wage for ordinary working people is less than £15,000 per year; there simply would not have been enough to support normal living expenses and repayments of medical costs.
Insurance? Some of the firms – such as Unum, the criminal US corporation that has advised the DWP on ways to make state benefits inaccessible for millions – actively seek reasons not to pay out when the money is needed.
My friend told me that the surgery would not have been affordable and they would have had to go on suffering for the rest of their life – however long or short it may have been as a result.
This is why it is vital that the United Kingdom ends up with a national leader we can trust not to sell off the NHS. And I’m afraid that none of the Conservative leadership candidates makes the grade.
Would you put your life in the hands of Boris Johnson or Sajid Javid? Millions have already been at Esther McVey’s mercy – to their cost. Could you trust Rory Stewart, who preaches love but has a voting record full of hate?
Jeremy Hunt – a man who personally ran the NHS into the ground and sold off huge amounts of it to private corporations already?
Any of the others?
I would not.
And if you rely on the NHS, you would be insane to trust any of them too.
Your problem is that the 100,000 or so blue-rinsed grannies who now form the membership of the Tory Party are unlikely to be in the same position as you and are far more likely to want a fat tax rebate (even though, at their time of life, it’s hard to understand why they would want it).
I am reminded of a tweet from a self-declared “centrist dad”, looking for a reason to support the new socialism. Why should he?
My knee-jerk response would have been to ask how selfish he was feeling. If he only wanted to look after Number One, then socialism wouldn’t be for him.
But if enough people feel the same way, he’ll lose his National Health Service – and he’ll regret that because he’s bound to need it one day!
So when it comes to choosing the next leader of our once-great nation – looking at the list of Tories available, the correct answer can only be: None of the above.
We need a general election and we need a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn – before it’s too late.
Jeremy Corbyn says he will ‘fight with every last breath’ to save the NHS from the clutches of US healthcare firms.
He issued the warning to Donald Trump in a speech to protesters raging against the state visit of the US President.
He said: “We’re in the midst of a debate about the future of the relationship between Britain and Europe and the rest of the world.
“But it should not be a debate about how we go forward with no deal at the same time as offering up our precious, wonderful National Health Service to private American companies to come in and take it over.
“We will not stand for that. We will fight with every last breath of our body to defend the principle of a healthcare system free at the point of need for everybody as a human right.”
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