It seems Mr Hannan has been using his trip to campaign against the NHS again which obviously has some topical interest today.
His last comments on getting rid of the NHS led to David Cameron giving him
a speaking slot at the Tory spring conference!
*This Washington Times editorial reports on what Hannan has been saying:*
Sometimes it takes an outsider's perspective to help you appreciate your own
blessings. So it was Tuesday evening when Daniel Hannan, a British,
37-year-old member of the European Parliament, spoke at the Army and Navy
Club in Washington. Mr. Hannan made a convincing case that the American
health care system is far superior to the British one, and thus should not
move down Britain's path toward government control.
"Ponder our example, and tremble," Mr. Hannan warned. "You see a grizzly
picture of your own country's possible future. . .. Do not make the same
mistakes we have."* *He continued: "I see this massive encroachment of the
state... this huge power grab by the state machine... squeezing the private
sector, to engorge the state." In Great Britain, he explained, "It is not
uncommon to wait six, 10, even 12 months for a knee operation." He said, *"It
is exactly a Marxist system.* You are treated as a supplicant and expected
to be grateful for what you get. But our survival rates [in the United
Kingdom] are demonstrably worse."
It's his advice that we should not buy into the notion of establishing a
state-run system as just one option competing for business. "It expands and
expands until it squeezes out every other system," he said. "Don't imagine
that this is an experiment that can be reversed if it doesn't work out." The
system becomes too big to kill, even though it works terribly. The 1.4
million employees of the British National Health Service make the NHS the
world's third-largest single employer, behind only the Chinese army and the
Indian Railways. Yet the majority of those 1.4 million, Mr. Hannan said, are
"managers," not medical personnel.
The Washington Times, 7 August 2009
On Fox news he also said:
"I find it incredible that a free people living in a country dedicated and
founded in the cause of freedom and independence could seriously be thinking
of adopting such a system in peace-time*
Daniel Hannan, Fox News, 7 August 2009
He says of the number of people working for the NHS:
"That is the electoral block that makes it impossible to get rid of."*