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Brazil's Prime Minister Dilma Rousseff was successfully treated for lymphatic cancer in Brazil. Hugo Chavez's chosen successor went to Brazil to talk to her and her oncologist. who told the Venezuelan that Hugo's cancer was treatable in an advanced facility like a hospital in São Paulo. But Chavez decided to get treated in Cuba for ideological reasons, and that decision was one bad step for him, one giant leap for mankind.

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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is dying of cancer in Havana, in a live demonstration of Cuba's vaunted socialized medical care. He went there instead of Brazil because he wanted to make a political statement. What irony. Most galling for him: It didn't have to happen this way. His expected demise will be entirely due to his gullibility to leftist propaganda and bad choices that came of it.

"In July 2011, during a summit in Caracas, Brazil's President, Dilma Rousseff, told a few of her colleagues — in private — that Chavez was likely to die as a result of 'his excessive paranoia rather than as a consequence of his serious — yet treatable — cancer,'" wrote Venezuelan consultant Pedro Burelli in a newsletter. "What she meant to say," Burelli added, "was that by choosing secrecy in Cuba over medical competence at the Sirio-Libanese Hospital in Sao Paulo (where she had been treated successfully for lymphatic cancer) Chavez had condemned himself to a shorter life."

According to a 2011 report in the Wall Street Journal, Chavez chose Cuban medical care over the world-class treatment in Brazil for "political" reasons. "While Mr. Chavez often lauds Cuban doctors, switching from Cuban to Brazilian care would have suggested the Cubans aren't capable of world class care." And that's pretty much the nub of it, the incredible desire of Chavez, common to all the left, to defend the myth of Cuba's top-down health care system as superior to health care in free markets.
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I wonder if he was influenced by Michael Moore's fakumentary Sicko. If so, Moore finally did something of value.

--fleg
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