December 14, 2009


French singer Johnny Hallyday got an operation in France that went wrong, his producer says:

Camus, speaking Friday on French radio, said the American medical team treating Hallyday said the rocker had suffered ill-effects from the operation in France, and that infection "was attacking his bone marrow."

"If what I'm being told in the United States is true, this operation was a massacre," he said on RTL radio. On France-Info, Camus said: "It seems the Americans fixed things that they found that were very badly done."

So now he's in L.A. recovering in an induced coma.

Hmm, where will rich and famous people go for medical treatment once our system is crap too?

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1 I've long known about Hallyday, even though I've never heard his music. Never thought I'd see his faux-American name in this context. I just learned that he has permanent residency in Switzerland "to escape the high tax rate imposed by the French government." He'll really love France once he recovers.

Even he's got a Sarah Palin connection:

Hallyday supported Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 French presidential election. In an ironic twist, when the Canadian comedy duo the Masked Avengers prank-called American vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin by pretending to be Sarkozy, they named Hallyday as Sarkozy's "Special American Advisor."

Our Sarah asks:

Hmm, where will rich and famous people go for medical treatment once our system is crap too?

I suggest Cuba:

"Cuba's Healthcare a model for the U.S. says CNN"

The Castroite propaganda in Sicko so outraged people cursed by fate to live in Castro's fiefdom that they risked their lives by using hidden cameras to film conditions in genuine Cuban hospitals, hoping they could alert the world to Moore's swinishness as a propaganda operative for a Stalinist regime.
At enormous risk, two hours of shocking, often revolting, footage was obtained with tiny hidden cameras and smuggled out of Cuba [...]

Originally, ABC's John Stossel planned to show the shocking videos in their entirety, during a 20/20 show. Alas, on Sept. 12th 2007, the 20/20 show ran only a tiny segment on Cuba's "real" healthcare, barely 5 minutes long and with almost none of the smuggled video footage. What happened?
Well, the Castro regime got wind of these videos and called in ABC's Havana bureau for a little talking-to, stressing that ABC's "bureau permit" might face "closer scrutiny" if they showed the blockbuster videos.

ABC (and yes, Stossel, whom we all otherwise admire) wimped out.

I'd like to hear Stossel's side of the story. I don't think I'd like to see the videos. Just reading that article was disturbing enough. I can't bring myself to quote the details here.

Posted by: Amritas at December 14, 2009 03:35 PM (dWG01)

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