The Federalist Patriot
From The Federalist Patriot No. 05-10, 11 March 2005:
Ah, the wonders that await us if we could only socialize our medical system, a la Great Britain. Not quite eight years ago a young lady there was born with what doctors diagnosed as isolated bulbar palsy. This malady prevented her from properly swallowing, and for her entire life she had to be fed through a tube directly into her stomach.
Recently, her family learned that doctors at Stanford University were treating this condition, so the family, friends and community ponied up nearly $20,000 to send the young lady to the U.S. for treatment. Lo and behold, the unsocialized doctors at Stanford could find nothing wrong with her. Nothing. That's right, she's now eating normally for the first time in her life. Though she now suffers from other medical problems resulting from the original misdiagnosis, we're sure she'll be just fine once she gets back to the land of "civilized" medicine and British cuisine.
From the states, as The Patriot recently reported, the Utah state legislature has been on the verge of repudiating the No Child Left Behind Act. In the name of state and local control, Utah was willing to forego $116 million in federal aid. The effort unanimously passed the State House and had sufficient votes to pass the Senate. But at the request of the White House, Utah's Republican governor has managed to postpone the Senate's vote. "We must go forward, but out of respect for President Bush and our governor, we are going to give another month for negotiation," state Rep. Margaret Dayton said. We share Mrs. Dayton's respect for President Bush, but our highest respect is for the Constitution, which gives no place to federal control of education. It is absolutely essential that the states prove themselves willing to give up federal funding in the name of federalism. Here, we would urge Utah not to cave to pressure from Washington.