We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I thought some of your readers might be interested in a translation of the text that accompanied the cell phone photos from Havana. So I did one.
Cuba for Cubans
By Dr. Darsi Ferrer, Director, "Juan Bruno Zayas" Center for Health and Human Rights
Havana, September 20, 2007
The official policy of APARTHEID imposed by the Cuban regime almost fifty years ago has harmful consequences for the health of the population. The few existing hospitals and polyclinics which have adequate conditions and resources are exclusively for the use of foreigners and members of the governing elite. For ordinary Cubans it is extremely difficult to receive medical attention.
Thousands of doctors and other health professionals, as well as essential medical resources, are diverted from public health and directed to political missions in countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador. To this end, thousands of tons of medicines, medical equipment and indispensible resources are donated. Missions carried out at the expense of increasing the deprivations suffered by Cubans.
The strategy of such a policy is centered on exporting Communist ideology to recipient countries, disguised as humanitarian actions. With the thousands of doctors and tons of resources expropriated from the Cuban population, consciences are manipulated, votes are assured in electoral campaigns and totalitarian systems are legitimated.
On the Island there is an alarming deficit of medicines, including essential medicines such as vitamins, antiacids and analgesics. Performing a simple medical exam or treatment is an Odyssean journey due to the lack of reagents and therapeutic or diagnostic equipment. This is the case with analyses of hemoglobin, glycemia, urine, or electrocardiograms, X-rays, ultrasounds, physiotherapy and other basic procedures.
It is time for the ignominy to end. CUBANS have every right to fully enjoy the capacities of the Nation. This is acknowledged in legislation presently in force. All marginalization is worthy of condemnation for the negative consequences it brings, and still worse when its genesis lies in the selfish interests of a small caste in power, and takes its condition from the origin of the nation.
My brother is a doctor, and a good one. He is a better man than I. The best way to have good medical care is to have competition. I believe we should have some kind of national health insurance, or program. But the only way to do it is to pay the doctors well, and get the best in there.
Bob- I don't think you understand how government works. The state has interests. When those interests compete with the interests of the productive sector, the productive sector loses. The coercive power is located with the state rather than the individual for obvious reasons. The state creates the problems initially and always recommends it be given more power to fix them. Less state involvement in the productive sector is almost always the solution.
Tom C., stamford,Ct.
bob, we already have it --medicare & medicaid. this is the gov't solution, and it's delivering limited value at ruinous cost.
If we don't find another way to help the needy, we'll ALL be the needy.