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Horrible Healthcare on the Rez

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Posted on August 20 2009 1:15 am
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“If you want to see what government-run healthcare looks like, go to an Indian reservation,” said former Judge Andrew Napolitano on the “Glenn Beck Program” Wednesday. “There’s a saying on the reservation…don’t  get sick after June.”

The show visited two Indian reservations in South Dakota to see how the federal government’s healthcare system for native Americans, Indian Health Service, actually works.

“[They] call it Indian Health Service but that’s kind of like saying ‘jumbo shrimp’ because the service is not there,” said South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds.

One woman recounted how her son had been treated by the Indian Health Service. The teenager’s jaw was shattered when he was kicked in the head by a bull. The nurses ran out of fresh tubes that needed to be inserted in his throat to help him breathe. She said he was lying on the floor in a pool of blood as nurses scrambled to pick up dirty tubes to insert in his throat. Such medical horror stories are commonplace in Indian country.

Mike Jandreau, chairman of the Lower Brule tribe, said, “Like every service unit throughout Indian Health Service it’s always, ‘don’t get sick after June,’ because there’s no money left to provide services and it’s pretty much that way all the time.”

“Congress is not the entity that should be entrusted with your individual healthcare,” said Gov. Rounds. “We do not wish Indian Health Service on anybody. If Congress can’t fix Indian Health Service how in the world are they ever going to take care of the rest of the American population?”

Meanwhile, the Obama administration continues pushing the nightmare of universal, government-run healthcare.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius suggested over the weekend that the so-called public option (which would eventually lead to full nationalization of the nation’s healthcare system) was no longer a priority of the Obama administration.

Apparently, the comment was only a trial balloon because Sebelius and the rest of the Obama administration have been backpedaling ever since, insisting that the public option is still on the table.

Members of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus, which consists of about 80 federal lawmakers, say no healthcare bill will pass unless it includes the public option.

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