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Hugo and Hospitals
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I know, another day another seizure. I mean, what, we all know where this is going, right? Well, I intend to chronicle it so when the inevitable end comes, we can look back, pull up the articles and study it in detail:
President Hugo Chavez ordered the expropriation of a hospital managed by Venezuela's Anti-Cancer Association on Monday, saying the nonprofit organization failed to meet its obligations to the public.

During his radio program "Hello President," Chavez said "the time has come to take control" of the Padre Machado Oncology Hospital, which is located in the capital of Caracas and has not been operating at full capacity for months because of funding conflicts.

Chavez's administration has provided the hospital with financial support and medical equipment since the Anti-Cancer Association began falling behind on salary payments and other obligations.

Since his re-election in December, Chavez has moved to nationalize companies involved in strategic industries such as telecommunications and electricity, spurring fears that his left-leaning government could eventually move to nationalize privately owned health clinics.

Although government officials say there are no plans to seize control of private health clinics, the planned expropriation of the Padre Machado Oncology Hospital appeared to be part of a broader trend of gradually expanding Venezuela's network of state-run hospitals and health care programs.
Anyone else believe that Chavez plans on leaving private health care as an option in the future? This, in my estimation, is the first of an eventual take over of the entire private health care sector. This particular hospital just gave him a convenient excuse. My guess is more "convenient excuses" will emerge as time goes by, most, if not all, manipulated by Chavez's government.
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What do you expect from a Castro wannabe. Soon the country’s national anthem will be Venezuela ubber allies. Chavez is a danger to this country as we get a significant proportion of our oil from there.

I would not be surprised if a “wet” operation is underway to neutralize the psycho. That would be good for his country. If he remains, he will become Dictator and Venezuela will go down the porcelain thundermug, like other “Socialist” Dictatorships.
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I thought he was alread dictator. When he had that constitutional congress or whatever proclaim him president indefinitely.
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