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Health Care opinion piece

My thanks to saavik over on alt.callahan's for pointing this one out. Be sure to read the whole thing - this is just the intro. Comments are closed, but there are a LOT of them.

A Canadian doctor diagnoses U.S. healthcare

The caricature of 'socialized medicine' is used by corporate interests to confuse Americans and maintain their bottom lines instead of patients' health.

By Michael M. Rachlis
August 3, 2009
Los Angeles Times (Op Ed section)


Universal health insurance is on the American policy agenda for the fifth time since World War II. In the 1960s, the U.S. chose public coverage for only the elderly and the very poor, while Canada opted for a universal program for hospitals and physicians' services. As a policy analyst, I know there are lessons to be learned from studying the effect of different approaches in similar jurisdictions. But, as a Canadian with lots of American friends and relatives, I am saddened that Americans seem incapable of learning them.

Our countries are joined at the hip. We peacefully share a continent, a British heritage of representative government and now ownership of GM. And, until 50 years ago, we had similar health systems, healthcare costs and vital statistics.
The U.S.' and Canada's different health insurance decisions make up the world's largest health policy experiment. And the results?

On coverage, all Canadians have insurance for hospital and physician services. There are no deductibles or co-pays. Most provinces also provide coverage for programs for home care, long-term care, pharmaceuticals and durable medical equipment, although there are co-pays.

On the U.S. side, 46 million people have no insurance, millions are underinsured and healthcare bills bankrupt more than 1 million Americans every year.

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ghostwolf
Aug. 7th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
The truly sad part is our system is now so entrenched it would take ... killing the entire AMA and a few dozen legislators who benefit from this to get anything new to even be looked at. Oh, and all the insurance types who want to keep making millions.

How much is enough?
darrelx
Aug. 7th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Leave it to an LATimes OpEd to be using the old 3-card-monty slight-of-hand game.

"all Canadians have insurance..."
"On the US side, 46 Million have no insurance..."

Do you see the subtle difference, where they are comparing apples to oranges?

People visiting Canada do not have coverage in canada... but they don't mention that.

The "46 Million" number that the Obama adminsitration throws around includes 15-20 million illegal aliens, about 10 million people with only critical care coverage, AND 12 million people people making over $50K per year who *choose* not to pourchase insurance.

There really isn't anything wrong with our current healthcare system... it's the best in the world and shouldn't be messed with... certainly not at the expense of approximately $40K per U.S. household.

I also find it HIGHLY ironic that you use Jerry Doyle in your icon, when on his radio talk show (jerrydoyle.com) he speaks out against the idiocy of the Obama healthcare plan.
kayshapero
Aug. 8th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Hi, Darrel! Long time no see. Yeah, I did pick a provocative place to stop the quote - actually that was in the hope that people would go on and read the entire article - AND the comments thereafter.

Jerry was a typo - I meant to hit the next icon over.. but upon noticing I figured he would be more fun anyway.

Now, go read the rest of the piece. Have fun!
wordslinger
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
Yes, but the Canadian system is so... SOCIALIST!!! And... INSPIRED BY A BUNCHA LIBERALS!!!! And... COVERS ALMOST ALL CITIZENS!!!!

I have friends and relatives with long term medical conditions who can't get coverage of any sort (because they're poor) and who (when another family member can't pick up the cost of their meds) scrimp on half the meds they should take.

I wonder if the congresscritters would feel differently if they were among the 46 million who don't have coverage and were (like the ones I saw transported in ambulances) only able to get medical services (charity) when they had a health crisis?
darrelx
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Ahh.. but the congrescritters have written themselves an exemption to ObamaCare plan. It's not good enough for them.
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