The French speaking John Kerry's idea is to "make healthcare affordable and available for everyone" In case you aren't up on your liberal doublespeak, that means, "Universal Healthcare".
One of the most socialized healthcare systems in the world is in France, where unemployment continually hovers at around 12% due partially to the oppressive anti-business system and massive tax burden to pay for gold fillings for everyone, but only after a 9-month wait.
To keep costs down, many hospitals cut corners. Due to lack of any free market competition among health providers, hospitals, and doctors service generally sucks.
Add to that cost cutting measures of 35-hour work weeks and mandatory summer vacations for the civil servant doctors, you have the makings of a mess.
French hospitals could not cope with a repeat of the heat wave that killed almost 15,000 people last summer, a prominent doctor said on Thursday.
Patrick Pelloux, an emergency doctor who led attacks on the government over its handling of the 2003 heat wave, said there were not enough hospital beds or staff available.
An official report blamed the heat-related deaths on poor organization, a lack of communication and key staff being away on holiday.
The government's plan, to be active from June 1 to October 1 each year, includes a new weather and health alert service, a database of people at risk from heat-related illness and a response plan for hospitals and voluntary aid workers.
Health Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said in May a special committee had been set up to ensure emergency units received an extra $600 million set aside over five years. But Pelloux said funding was still insufficient.
"If there is no real willingness to make the public hospitals more dynamic in all sectors, we will again see disasters and important bottlenecks in emergency services," Pelloux said.