So, you ask, what happens when the price of oil collapses? I'm glad you ask that. When the bottom falls out of the oil market, all that "free" health care? Yeah, not so great any more...
Venezuela's 'socialist paradise' turns into a nightmare: medical shortages claim lives as oil price collapses
For Jose Perez, a Venezuelan taxi driver from Caracas, the hardest part about watching his wife die from heart failure was knowing just how easily she could have been saved.Yep. When your "free" health care depends on oil profits from companies you seized at the point of a gun, when the market fails, your entire economy collapses and takes the "free" health care with it. Notice no one is touting Venezuelan health care now. If the government hadn't seized those eeeeeevil oil companies, perhaps they might have weathered the drop in price better.
The surgeons at the Caracas University Hospital were ready to operate on 51-year-old Carmen, but because of the shortages of medicines now ravaging Venezuela, they had no stocks of the prosthetic artery that would have saved her life.
Oh, no, far better to kill the golden goose and eat for a night than to keep taking those golden eggs. Especially when you can deliver a "kick in the leg" to that meanie United States and show them up with your universal health care, right? Funny how no one's touting the success of "universal" health care (using Venezuela as a model) now.
Y'know, it's *almost* like actions have consequences or something...
That is all.