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Downton Abbey, Obamacare, and the Road to Socialized Healthcare


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Downton Abbey, Obamacare, and the Road to Socialized Healthcare

David Morris

As the rightly acclaimed television series Downton Abbey unspools its final episode some fans have criticized the producers decision to devote so much time to a debate about the future of Downton’s Cottage Hospital. The show makes the issue mostly personal with delightfully snippy exchanges between Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham who speaks for a way of life that is passing, and her cousin Isobel, widow and daughter of physicians and trained as a nurse during WWI, who is the voice of modernity.


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Interesting article, Mr. Morris. I live in a rural community that has no hospital. The closest one is about an hour away. For several years there's been talk (even a bank putting up blueprints) of building a local hospital but it's been placed on hold. Now I think I understand why.

You did a good job of covering all the consolidations and what they mean to the availability of mislabeled affordable health care.