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
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
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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