Rosie O'Donnell Shocked By Canadian Listener's Long Surgery Wait
Canadian Caller's Sobering Tale Of Surgery Delays
Just as a conservative is often said to be a liberal who is mugged, has one of our favorite "progressives" just had a similar epiphany?
During yesterday's satellite radio program, libtalker Rosie O'Donnell wondered out loud just how beneficial universal health care could be when it results in a seven-to-nine year wait for beneficial surgery.
Listen as a Canadian caller who weighs 300 pounds and is under five feet tall reveals a (sadly routine) bureaucratic nightmare in attempting to obtain gastric bypass surgery:
ROSIE O'DONNELL (42:46): How can universal health care be so good if you're waiting seven years?
CALLER: It's not considered an emergency surgery--
O'DONNELL: Oh, OK.
CALLER: It's considered elective, so if it was an emergency surgery, it would be a lot quicker. To see any kind of specialist is at least a few months, you're not going to get into see somebody next week.
O'DONNELL: If you called and sort of were persistent in saying to them, 'I really need this'... it doesn't change the [waiting-] list order.
CALLER: ...They're telling me, by the way, it's gonna be another two or three years...
There's still about 2,000 people ahead of me.
Hey Rosie, think ObamaCare will be any different? Of course not.
UPDATE: Rosie on ObamaCare earlier in 2010