In response to Hillary's story about the uninsured pregnant woman denied care, let cut to England for a horror story about their National Health Service. The headline and the story don't match, but thematically it works, so here we go:
Women in Labor Turned Away from Wards
Nearly 50% of Expectant Mothers in the UK Were Turned Away from Hospitals
Half of the Women in Labor in England were turned away? Geez, a national disgrace - why didn't they just walk to France, or become Tories, or something?
Of course, since this is ABC News of our vaunted MSM, it is important to mistrust but verify. From the lead:
Nearly half of NHS maternity units had to turn away women in labour last year because they were full, figures showed on Thursday.
Furthermore, a shortage of facilities or staff led to almost one in 10 of these trusts closing more than 10 times.
So on one or more days during the preceding year, nearly half of facilities had to turn someone away due to overcrowding, and roughly ten percent of facilities had that experience more than ten times. It should be obvious to anyone other than a highly-trained headline writer that being turned away is far from an every-day occurrence, and certainly does not happen to "Nearly 50% of Expectant Mothers".
And do I have a point? Maybe! How about, every health care system spawns horror stories, so an approach of policy by anecdote can be fraught with peril. Of course, that presumes that, in Hillary's case, the anecdote guided the formation of the policy; it's more likely that the policy was set, then the anecdote seized upon and embellished in order to promote it.