Is she criticizing her parents' decision to go to the Soviet Republic of Canada for their daughter's healthcare? Is she accusing her parents of endangering her life, of submitting her to a "death panel"?
Palin is a joke, if McCain had not been senile enough to pick her as a running mate, none of us would have any idea who she is and that would probably be a good thing. Also, I am VERY conservative, but she is a cartoon.
$1,115 -- that's the average monthly premium for employer-sponsored family coverage in 2009. Annually, that amounts to $13,375, or roughly the yearly income of someone working a minimum wage job.1
It gets worse: a recent survey found that if we do nothing, over the next ten years, out-of-pocket expenses for Americans with health insurance could increase 35 percent in every state in the country.2
In an effort to put the past year's debate over health insurance reform into perspective, we're launching "Health Reform by the Numbers," an online campaign using key figures, like $1,115, to raise awareness about why we can't wait any longer for reform. We'll be sending out a new number every day. Learn what you can do to help spread the word:
$1,115 is more money than what many Americans pay for rent or mortgage. But there's more to the problem than just numbers.
Take Leslie Banks, an American mom with a daughter in college. In January of this year, she received a notice from her health insurance provider that her plan was being dropped. To keep the same benefits, the premiums for her and her daughter would more than double. Leslie was told by the insurance company that there was nothing she could do -- it was an across-the-board premium hike. If she paid the same monthly premium amount as before, the deductible would increase from $500 to $5,000, and she and her daughter would no longer have preventive care or prescription coverage.
Yesterday, Leslie introduced President Obama at a health reform event in Pennsylvania. Check out what they had to say.
It's important to raise awareness about numbers like $1,115 and stories like Leslie’s because skyrocketing health care costs impact all of us. So take a moment to forward this email to your family, friends and online networks.
With all of us working together, we'll send the message loud and clear -- the time is now for health insurance reform. It's time we made our health care system work for American families and small businesses, not just insurance companies.
Let's get it done.
Nancy-Ann DeParle Director, White House Office of Health Reform
This goes both ways actually. Why have 14 million Americans claimed fraudulent Ontario Health cards? That's 14 million extra people in a province of 9 million burdening a health care system they should have no part of. They system was not created to to also provide health care to the citizens of another country who are obtaining the health care through fraud because they can't afford a doctor at home.
And that's just one province. Our population is only 33million. Canada is providing care to to at least150% of it's population size. Might have something to do with any problems in our system.
And the flooding borders for health care is propaganda with an agenda.
Yes, I'm aware of that. I was trying (in vain) to debate with Madame X about this. In return, she provided a bunch of ridiculous, bogus statistics claiming health outcomes are worse in Canada than they are in the U.S.
Anyone who claims that Canada doesn't get vastly better health care on the dollar than the United States is deluding themselves. (Unfortunately, our right-wing is full of delusional people.)
I googled this and the only mentions of it are on right-wing conspiracy sites. All of the data is bogus. There is no "United Nations International Health Organization" except as a figment of your average right-winger's imagination.
Yes, but the US health system only works for people in jobs who also have money.
So if someone finds they can do better going outside of the US, what exactly is the problem?
I'm in the UK and know that there is much wrong with the NHS. However, 2 years ago, my life was saved by our ambulance service and I went on to have major thoracic surgery without having to pay a penny. Since I am lucky enough to live in Wales, I also get all my prescription medication free of any charges.
This is one of the main reasons I would never contemplate resettling to the USA. I could not live with the constant worry of not knowing whether my health needs would be covered.
On the same note, the most awesome health system I have knowledge about is in Cuba. Yes, it's difficult to buy simple analgesics if you have nobody supplying you with foreign currency, however if someone needs advanced health care, they are flown to a hospital in Havana, together with a family member, and both are housed free, while the patient receives whatever treatment is necessary.
You don't understand our Acts. It is the exact same thing with a little tweaking. The 1984 Act had to do with changes of funding from the federal government to the provincial governments.
If something is tweaked, a sub clause added or removed the Act is renamed with that year to mark the changes. For instance in my province the Adoption Act received a new year beside it 1998, because changes were made the Adoption Act to encompass more subclauses regarding open adoption, which is the way it is done now. The rest of the Act did not change.
When one lives in Alaska, sometimes medical needs are such that the person has to travel many miles to receive appropriate care. I was ill in Alaska and had to come to the lower 48 for proper treatment, her closest for the need was in Canada. I don't think it's strange at all that she did that.
WriteAngled - the figures you quoted from Madame X are bogus. They were literally fabricated and disseminated on a bunch of right-wing sites. There is no "United Nations International Health Organization."
It is usually known as the World Health Organization (WHO), but sometime referred to as the Unitd Nations World Health Organization.
"International health organizations are usually divided into three groups: multilateral organizations, bilateral organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The term multilateral means that funding comes from multiple governments (as well as from non-governmental sources) and is distributed to many different countries. The major multilateral organizations are all part of the United Nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the premier international health organization."
Fine, we all have our choices. I am REALLY REALLY happy that I do not live with the health fears so many people face in the US. At my stage in life, I would not go to live there if I was offered £1,000,000.
And the Australian system is a mixture of bulk billing via a government system and private health insurance. Private health insurance doesnt pay for your GP visit, but for hospital,...
its a good mix and although there are waiting lists for elective surgery in the public system, there arent in the private... and everyone gets health care. Noone is left out. A public hospital is not allowed to turn away patients.
We are happy to hear that the USA is adopting a more kindly system of health care for all.
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I thought this article was interesting, especially since it appeared in the NYT. According to this guru, costs will INCREASE, not decrease. This is the same guru that democrats hailed as wonderful when he challenged...
Hey Everyone,I am currently doing some research on the health care systems of the US and Canada and am looking for some opinions that you may have regarding comparing the two. If you don't already know, Canada's...