Universal Health Care (from a Canadian's perspective)

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Sat Oct 13 21:36:37 MDT 2007

I haven't -- and probably cannot -- verify this message, but it is 
consistent with what I've heard from numerous sources for years about 
so called 'free' Universal Health Care'. Herein are some of oft 
unmentioned details.

Call it what you will -- Single payer health care or universal health 
care  or Canadian style health care -- someone else will pay for your 
health care costs. It all sounds good, doesn't it? Well, whose health 
care are you paying for? What's going to happen to tax rates?

The thing to remember is that Universal health (also better known as 
Socialized Medicine in a more enlightened age) care isn't about 
compassion for anyone -- even the uninsured. It is about control of 
1/7th of the American economy and control of every aspect of your 
life. What you can and cannot eat and what activities are, and are 
not, permitted. And, which ones are mandatory if you want treated 
when you are sick. Your doctor will not be making the decisions about 
your treatment, some accountant or petty bureaucrat will.

As a wiser man than I once said, "If you think that health care is 
expensive now, just wait until it's free."

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Here it is, everyone;  all in black and white --  and obviously, not 
how "you know who" wants us to see it!

This was from my dad from a friend of his, who he used to work with.

This was sent from Canada to a friend of mine here in NY State.

  (See why this cannot be verified so easily?) (Emphasis below is mine.)

I saw on the news up here in Canada where Hillary Clinton introduced 
her new health care plan.  Something similar to what we have in 
Canada.  I also heard that Michael Moore was raving about the health 
care up here in Canada in his latest movie.  As your friend and 
someone who lives with the Canada health care plan I thought I would 
give you some facts about this great medical plan that we have in Canada.

First of all:

1) The health care plan in Canada is not free.  We pay a premium 
every month of $96. for Shirley and I to be covered.  Sounds great 
eh. What they don't tell you is how much we pay in taxes to keep the 
health care system afloat. I am personally in the 55% tax bracket. 
Yes 55% of my earnings go to taxes.  A large portion of that and I am 
not sure of the exact amount goes directly to health care our #1 expense.

2) I would not classify what we have as health care plan, it is more 
like a health diagnosis system.  You can get into to see a doctor 
quick enough so he can tell you "yes indeed you are sick or you need 
an operation" but now the challenge becomes getting treated or 
operated on.  We have waiting lists out the ying yang some as much as 
2 years down the road.

3)  Rather than fix what is wrong with you the usual tactic in Canada 
is to prescribe drugs. Have a pain here is a drug to take- not what 
is causing the pain and why. No time for checking you out because it 
is more important to move as many patients thru as possible each hour 
for Government re-imbursement

4)  Many Canadians do not have a family Doctor.

5) Don't require emergency treatment as you may wait for hours in the 
emergency room waiting for treatment.

6)  Shirley's dad cut his hand on a power saw a few weeks back and it 
required that his hand be put in a splint - to our surprise we had to 
pay $125. for a splint because it is not covered under health care 
plus we have to pay $60. for each visit for him to check it out each week.

7) Shirley's cousin was diagnosed with a heart blockage. Put on a 
waiting list. Died before he could get treatment.

8) Government allots so many operations per year. When that is done 
no more operations, unless you go to your local newspaper and plead 
your case and embarrass the government then money suddenly appears.

9)The Government takes great pride in telling us how much more they 
are increasing the funding for health care but waiting lists never 
get shorter. Government just keeps throwing money at the problem but 
it never goes away. But they are good at finding new ways to tax us, 
but they don't call it a tax anymore it is now a user fee.

10) A friend needs an operation for a blockage in her leg but because 
she is a smoker they will not do it. Despite  paying into the health 
care system all these years. My friend is 65 years old. Now there is 
talk that maybe we should not treat fat and obese people either 
because they are a drain on the health care system.  Let me see now, 
what we want in Canada is a health care system for healthy people 
only. That should reduce our health care costs.

11) Forget getting a second opinion, what you see is what you get.

12) I can spend what money I have left after taxes on booze, 
cigarettes, junk food and anything else that could kill me but I am 
not allowed by law to spend my money on getting an operation I need 
because that would be jumping the queue.  I must wait my turn except 
if I am a hockey player or athlete then I can get looked at right 
away. Go figure. Where else in the world can you spend money to kill 
yourself but not allowed to spend money to get healthy.

13) Oh did I mention that immigrants are covered automatically at tax 
payer expense having never contributed a dollar to the system and pay 
no premiums.

14) Oh yeh we now give free needles to drug users to try and keep 
them healthy. Wouldn't want a sickly druggie breaking into your house 
and stealing your things. But people with diabetes who pay into the 
health care system have to pay for their needles because it is not 
covered by the health care system.

I send this out not looking for sympathy but as the election looms in 
the states you will be hearing more and more about universal health 
care down there and the advocates will be pointing to Canada.  I just 
want to make sure that you hear the truth about health care up here 
and have some food for thought and informed questions to ask when 
broached with this subject.

Step wisely and don't make the same mistakes we have.

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