When people say that the health care system in Canada and in the rest of the industrialized world is allegedly horrible what they are really saying is one of two things about these people: 1). They keep their universal health care systems because they are too stupid to figure out how to vote to end it. Or 2). That they live in a dictatorship, which would prevent people from being able to exercise their right to vote. Yet I can't think of anyone with even a basic understanding of history and political science who wouldn't consider most of the industrialized world, which maintain these health care systems to be democracies.
Some people want you to believe that Canadians are flocking to America for health care, which we don't see in any statistically meaning amount. I know that there are some here and there but overall they seem happy with their program. If universal health care plans were such total and complete failures then there wouldn't just be sporadic examples of Canadians coming down to America. It would be a mass human migration, which would statistically be off the charts. We don't see that happening. And what about the Europeans? I don't know about you but I don't hear tales of mass influxes of "Medical Tourists" coming to America so that they can get triple bypass heart surgery. Again, I'm sure some do because of elective reasons but not in any major statistical amount.
Think about this: Conservatives in Canada support their universal health care system and support it so much that they have made it a part of the political platform. Nor would they try to re-privatize the system. That's how popular their system is.
Irrespective of what lurks deep in the hearts of Canadian Tories, all leading right-of-center politicians in Canada understand that their health care system is far too popular and well-loved to seriously propose replacing it with an American-style system in which whether or not you receive treatment for an illness is determined by the whims of a for-profit insurance company. Indeed, the Conservative Party of Canada lists as one of its founding principles the idea “that all Canadians should have reasonable access to quality health care regardless of their ability to pay.”Other Health Care Related News: Representative Dennis Kucinich's amendment to allow states to go with a single-payer plan passed a House Committee, which is a very good thing as Canada's single-payer system started in the province of Saskatchewan (province is like a state). It worked so well that they adopted it later for all of Canada. So this is a way to keep the single-payer option alive while going with the public option for now. Then there is this from a Canadian citizen:
-There is a lot of misinformation going on as well about abortion and the public option. Here's a good debunking of this myth.
As a Canadian visiting Salt Lake City, I have been watching with great interest President Barack Obama's attempt at health care reform. I have heard comments by politicians, people and TV ads attacking Canada's health care system. Many of the facts are distorted.
Canada has one of the finest health care systems in the world. I have never had to go to the United States for medical treatment because Canada offers all of the same treatments. I get to choose who I want for my physician. When I go to him or the emergency room or have major surgery, I don't pay anything. And I get it done quickly. Canada's health care system is largely paid for by corporations, which pay an employer health tax. Everyone is covered, even homeless people.
A few years ago in a television poll, Canadians were asked to name the greatest Canadian. Tommy Douglas, the father of Canada's universal health care, won the vote. I have known many people, Canadians and Americans, who have lived in both countries. All of them state that Canada's health care system is superior.
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Addendum: Have you called or emailed your Senators and Representative to demand a public option health care system yet today? I did--Keep up the pressure--We can't let off the gas peddle. One more thing, we have to stay on top of this thing day and night because the health insurance powers are overwhelming and they are trying to divert attention from ensuring that our health insurance will be there when we need and that it will be affordable. Right now we have neither--You may think it doesn't effect you but it does. If you lose your job you're family will not be insured but with the option to go with a public plan you would be able to know that losing your health care is one less thing not to have to worry about. Together we move forward.