The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

05 January 2011

Rosie O'Donnell Shocked By Canadian Listener's Long Surgery Wait

ROSIE MEETS REALITY

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





6 Comments:

  • What so many people who support the idea of a single payer system, or in other words,Obama-care don't understand is that so many foriegners come to the USA to get treated because they are escaping the very same type of system that Obama-care will be. The system is more important then the patient, & the care is less then great. Too many are going to learn a hard lesson if it is implimented. Sadley, some may not live to regret it.

    By Anonymous danybhoy, at 05 January, 2011 02:06  

  • Give it a day or two and she will be back to "normal". Truth has a way of bouncing off of liberals.

    By Blogger United Citizens Council, at 05 January, 2011 09:04  

  • If Rosie was rational, she could connect the dots. But she's not, and that's why she continues her emotional diatribes for ineffective policy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 January, 2011 13:09  

  • Don't know if I should laugh or cry!

    Steve
    Common Cents
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

    By Blogger commoncents, at 05 January, 2011 13:29  

  • MY concern is that the caller laughs this off as no big deal. This isnt considered an emergency therefore my wait of 9 years is ok? In America a specialist visit would take days and then surgery would be with in a matter of a couple weeks. Why isnt she more pissed about this is my question?

    By Blogger scott, at 05 January, 2011 14:17  

  • As a Canadian I have nothing but faith in our system.

    You don't need a gastric bypass surgery. It's called stop shoving your fat face with food.

    I think there even *should* be a waiting period because it's a drastic solution to a simple (stop eating so much) problem.

    Also this is one crazy woman on a talk show, most elective surgeries are completed within 6 months as per gov't stats. Even if this is true about gastric bypass, I'm not worried about such a ridiculous procedure.

    By Anonymous Alex Freeman, at 05 January, 2011 14:42  

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