One of the comments I hear over and over when people talk about President Obama’s proposed health care plan is “Just look at the mess they have in Canada with government run health care!”
Okay, let’s set all of the rhetoric aside and take a look. I have quite a few Canadians who subscribe to the Gypsy Journal RV newspaper I publish, so I e-mailed several of them to get their feedback on the Canadian health care system that so many people seem to think is so bad. I also asked several Canadians we met at two RV rallies what they thought about the care they receive. After all, who better to tell us about it than those who have to live with it?
Guess what? Out of the dozen or so responses I got, all but one Canadian loves their health care system! That woman’s reply was that she doesn’t like to have to return to Canada for a certain amount of time every year to remain enrolled.
One lady told me “Yes, we have some red tape to get through, but my sister is married to an American and lives in Chicago. When he had cancer last year, their insurance company made them jump through more hoops than we ever have to deal with back home.”
A gentleman who just had major heart surgery said “What can I say? I was sick and I got the surgery I needed. That’s a lot more than your American friends who can’t afford sky high health insurance rates get.”
One couple wrote to say “Yes, we pay for it in the form of higher taxes, but it’s still a lot less than if we had to pay the health insurance premiums some of our American RV friends have to. We wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Another couple asked “What’s all the fuss about? We keep hearing Americans talking about how terrible government run health care is, but could it be worse than what you have now? Your system is broken because of the greed of the American medical establishment and the American health insurance industry. At least up here, we can get treatment if we need it!”
One e-mail said “It is a lie that we Canadians have to be treated wherever and however the government says, and that we can’t go to a private doctor if we want to. We can, and we do. Or, we can use the public system if we want. Stop listening to the lies of the insurance companies who don’t want to lose the goose that keeps laying their golden eggs! It’s not socialism, it’s a common sense system that works. Try it, you’ll love it!”
Gee, those dumb Canadians must have been out in the cold too long and gotten their brains frostbitten. They like having a health care system that works! Go figure.
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