Whenever liberals trot out their arguments for American universal healthcare, they point to Canada and the UK as their shining examples of the principle at work. There, they claim, citizens don’t have to worry about the economic hardships that accompany a major illness. While pointing to the benefits of free healthcare in other Western countries misses the crux of the conservative argument, it also appears that England may not be the best example of a system that “works.”

According to Professor Bruce Keogh, the medical director of NHS England, the country’s universal healthcare is in dire straits. Struggling with increasing demands, the NHS is “not fit for the future,” and may have to contemplate some tough decisions down the road, including the possibility of eliminating free healthcare altogether.

In an interview with The Guardian, Keogh said, “If the NHS continues to function as it does now, it’s going to really struggle to cope because the model of delivery and service that we have at the moment is not fit for the future.” He said surgeons needed more resources, the healthcare system as a whole needed to move beyond a reliance on hospitals, and that general practitioners were going to need looser budgets to work with.

If these changes were not made, said Keogh, the country would “get to a place where the NHS becomes unaffordable.”

His comments were rebuked by others in the Department of Health. A spokesman admitted that the NHS was struggling to cope with demand, but insisted that “undermining the principle of services being free at the point of use is not the answer.”

If England is determined to keep their universal healthcare, however, their struggles prove that the socialist concept is not without its drawbacks. When liberals point to England as an example of America’s brightest possible future, those drawbacks may be enough to shut them up.

An Erroneous View of Equality

Of course, you don’t have to poke holes in another country’s practical application of universal healthcare to support America’s free market system. Even if everything was hunky-dory across the pond, it doesn’t change the fact that Britons are paying some of the highest taxes in the world. And it certainly doesn’t change the fact that this country’s independent spirit is contrary to the aims of universal healthcare.

Liberals preach a message that twists the American principle of equality. They believe that every American is not only created equal in the eyes of God (or whatever force they give the credit to) but is also equally entitled to results. Contrarily, conservatives believe that America should only aim to be the land of equal opportunity. What each individual makes of that opportunity is what determines their results.

Universal healthcare is another attempt by liberals to steal from the rich so they can give wealth to the poor. It ignores enduring American values like personal responsibility, self-reliance, and individualism. It aims to make the United States less the land of opportunity and more the land of handouts. It is antithetical to the pioneer spirit that transformed this land into the greatest country on Earth.

That it is now being shown to have some unconsidered flaws…well, that’s just gravy.