Cuba fanboy Bernie Sanders may be a little quieter than usual when talking about the sunny communist island, and it has everything to do with Cubans’ progressive socialized health care.
The island is now experiencing a shortage on potentially life-saving medication, as well as lines and rationing for basic foodstuffs such as oil, flour and meat. According to Cuban Communist Party paper Granma, 47 medications were in dangerously short supply at the end of last month.
On the list of affected medicine are anti-seizure, high blood pressure, diabetes and anti-psychotic prescriptions.
The communist paper notes that the government is hard at work trying to solve this problem and bring medicine back to the people. Experts cited by the paper blame material providers for the lapse in medication coverage.
This isn’t the first time this year that the communist regime in Cuba has dealt with shortages.
In May, CBS reported that Cuba’s government began rationing basic necessities like rice, beans, soap, and eggs. While it’s easy to explain away medicine shortages, a lack of staples shows the continuing failure of communism.
Most Americans can’t even fathom the concept of a grocery store running out of eggs or rice, let alone a rationing of the two being instituted.
But for Cubans, shortages are a way of life. Reuters reported earlier this month that the island experienced a major fuel shortage that even affected the power grid. Blackouts and lines at the gas station were frequent.
“This is the third gas station we’ve visited,” one man said. “And when there is any fuel, there’s a kilometer-long queue.”
This doesn’t seem to be the idyllic paradise Bernie Sanders has envisioned. Back in 1986, Sanders was even caught on camera fondly reminiscing about the bloody revolution that saw communists take control of the island nation.
Video: @BernieSanders, University of Vermont, 1986, recalls his excitement watching Castro’s revolution “rising up against the ugly rich people.” & his sick feeling watching JFK speak out against communism in Cuba.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 21, 2019
But life in modern Cuba appears to be a far cry from the glorious and progressive future Bernie Sanders keeps promising us. The needs of upper-echelon politicians (like Bernie) would be met and they would likely not ever go hungry.
For the rest of us comrades underneath them, life in a socialist society would be a constant cycle of breadlines, fuel shortages, medicine deficiencies and the occasional crackdown on dissent.
We can see clearly what happens to even the most basic medicines in a socialist country, so why is Bernie still campaigning on a platform of trying to “fix” our health care system?
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