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Health Care Rationing Could Result In Death Penalty In The United Kingdom

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HEALTH CARE RATIONING COULD RESULT IN DEATH PENALTY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

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Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, do we really want to nationalize health care and let it be run by the government? Well, here's what's going on in England with their nationalized system. Recently, a British medical ethics expert proclaimed that people who suffer from dementia have a patriotic duty to die. Baroness Warnock, the government medical adviser, says that ``the care dementia requires is very expensive and drains the government resources for health care.'' This government decision-maker says that people will ``soon be licensed to put others down if they are unable to look after themselves.'' She goes on, ``If you're demented, you're wasting people's lives, your family's lives, and you're wasting government resources.''

Mr. Speaker, when the government controls health care, it's expensive, inefficient and ultimately provides poor care. In Britain, it results in the government's rationing of services. The government picks winners and losers in the United Kingdom, and the government picks who lives and who dies. That doesn't seem to be a healthy solution for health care.

And that's just the way it is.

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