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In a preview of the government-run US healthcare system the Democrats want, 450,000 women in the UK were denied breast cancer screening in 2009. As a result, 270 women have died of breast cancer – so far.

How did this happen? In a single-payer system, the primary directive is cost-cutting. When patients make their healthcare decisions in consultation with their doctors, the primary directive is patient care.

In the U.S. today doctors and patients decide when breast cancer screenings should begin. In England doctors can’t order screenings – a computer does that. In this case, what the government calls a “computer glitch” resulted in 450,000 women being denied mammograms that could have caught their breast cancer early.

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Since this was discovered, 270women in that group – that they’re aware of – have died of advanced breast cancer. The number who have died thus far could be much higher. In addition, hundreds more of the 450,000 who currently have breast cancer will eventually die. The “glitch” could eventually end up costing the lives of between 1,000 and 2,000 women who trusted their government to take care of them.

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Obama, Hillary, Bernie and thousands of other Democrats constantly tout the “efficiency” of the British system and call for its adoption here. Perhaps we should worry less about efficiency and concentrate on the humanity of our health care.

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Dr. Tom Barrett

Dr. Tom Barrett has been a pastor for over 40 years and currently oversees ordained ministers in South Florida. He has always been a bi-vocational minister, working in the financial services arena as a Branch Manager and National Vice President. He is a Patriot who has studied and taught the Constitution in both church and secular settings. A prolific author he has written a book on Conservative principles (The Best of Conservative Truth) and has written over a thousand feature articles that have been published in local and national newspapers as well as on the Internet. He speaks nationally on the Christian foundations of our nation and its Constitution, and internationally on Biblical financial principles. He has lectured at seminaries, universities, economic summits, churches, and the International Money Shows. His websites are (writing); (ministry); (precious metals), and www.DrTom.TV (personal). His work is followed by thousands at


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