- Politics and Social Issues
Universal Health Care? Only if You are a Communist
All or Nothing
If people could separate themselves for just a moment, from their political beliefs, and look at the health care issue objectively, they would probably have a change of heart. Republican Americans want people to believe that universal healthcare is akin to being a socialist or communist country. How silly is that? Seriously...
The tv ads that show Canada's healthcare system as being that of something you'd see in a 3rd world country are nothing short of bunk. There's even one where a Canadian woman states that she had to go to the US to have life saving surgery that wasn't available to her in Canada. She forked over $100,000 to have this surgery performed.
This woman would rather that those who cannot afford private insurance, or that $100,000 to travel and pay for life saving surgery, have no care at all. Things that make you go hmmm...
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
When the Truth is Boring, Make Shit Up
Is the Canadian system really that bad? If you poll Americans, who have been fed the crap that people are dying in droves in Canadian hospital waiting rooms, most would be quite certain that the Canadian system is not one they would want to borrow from. But if you were to poll Canadians on whether they'd like a private system, like that in the US, the vast majority would also say no. As a Canadian, I can tell you with the utmost certainty that the Canadian system is not nearly as scary as your politicians would like you to think.
Are there waiting lists? You bet. Is the system overtaxed? Absolutely. Could it be more efficient? Without a doubt. Does it need to be reformed? Of course! Does that mean it stinks? Of course not! ALL Canadians, regardless of their income, their political affiliation, religious beliefs, or anything else, enjoy a BASIC level of care.
Yes, it is pretty basic. We take going to the doctor for granted. We don't think about how much it costs to have a baby. If we are sick, we go to the doctor. If it is after doctor's hours that we become sick or injured, we head down to our local E.R. We don't give it a second thought. We view it as our right. No one is ever denied care because they don't have the money to cover doctor or hospital visits.
Those in our country who are opposed to a private health care system are concerned that private care sets up a two (or more) tiered system, where the wealthy will enjoy a better standard of care than the poor. They seem not to understand that the wealthy already have that. Just like the lady in the aforementioned American tv commercial didn't want to wait in line for her surgery, those who can afford to pay their way to the front of the line, always have and always will. So we could keep those dollars here in Canada by offering a combination of both public and private health care. We do in fact have private supplemental insurance to cover things not covered by the private system. You won't hear about that in those commercials though.
A brief look at stats will clearly show that Canadians are actually healthier than Americans. That kind of flies in the face of Canadians dying in ER waiting rooms, but it is a fact.
Why must we always be so dramatic? Why not step out of our political box and do a little research and THINK for ourselves? Instead of Americans buying the media bullshit and forming opinions based on hype, smoke and mirrors, why not find out what is working in the Canadian system? Why focus on the exceptions rather than the rule? The reality is not nearly as exciting as the bullshit, but it may provide you with good information when it comes to reforming your own system.
Both private and public care have positives. Wouldn't both Canada and the US be wise to take the components of their current systems that work well and implement those into their own reformed health care system?
There are those who say that a universal system means a second rate system; that it cannot compare to the private system in terms of level of care. Perhaps that is so, I don't know, but it sounds pretty freaking selfish to me when you have millions in your country who cannot afford ANY level of care.