Monday, November 06, 2006
# Posted 8:41 AM by Patrick Porter
Cubans created the best education and health care system anywhere in the Third World and they've done that in the face of an incredible blockade - quite an illegal blockade - by America.
Cuba's education system is indeed impressive. Literacy rates are so high that everyone can read the restricted literature approved by the one-party state.
Of course, you need to be careful when using your literacy skills, or this might happen to you.
And its health system is indeed admirable, but I would expect a decent standard of public healthcare too if I lived in a prison:
Cubans are well educated, but they cannot speak their minds. Castro does not allow other political parties, rallies or free elections. Those who voice opinions he does not agree with are driven from the country or thrown into jail.
Way to go, Ken. (4) opinions -- Add your opinion
Is the health system all that good anyway? I don't know, but I can recall paens to the Soviet health care system--with the occasional "despite all the other oppressiveness at least they do that..."--and it turned out that their system was downright dangerous.
I'd want to see some objective evidence because the track record of totalitarian regimes in this area isn't nearly what it's often cracked up to be.
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