Thursday, March 5, 2009

Socialized health-care is heading your way

Now that Obama has virtual control of the House and Senate, there is really no one to stand in his way to changing our health care system to one that mirrors the Canadian system. Mr. Obama has asked for a $634 billion down payment on universal (socialized) health care. The key word is "down payment,” which translates to trillions more from the American taxpayer for rationed health care. According to The Fraser Institute's annual report "Waiting Your Turn" estimates that Canadians are waiting for nearly 800,000 medical procedures. If the Canadian system was adopted in the U.S. - and you assume one person per treatment - that would translate to nearly 7.3 million Americans. Not 7.3 million Americans theoretically without health care due to a lack of insurance - but 7.3 million Americans who need medical treatment but cannot get it without being on long waiting lists.

I have to put together these short films by Stuart Browning to show the dangers that await us with the new Socialist-Troika that is now in charge. Stuart has done a great job exposing the truth about a "single-payer" system that Obama and the liberals are pushing. The time is now to contact your Representives and Senators and express your outrage with what the liberals are trying to cram down our collective necks. I encourage all of my Canadian and European readers to comment on your experiences with a socialized health care system in your respective countries. Take a few minutes to watch these videos, because if you stay uninformed, you may be forced into a system that could cost you your life.

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  1. I have not done all my homework in this area but health care is top on my list of things that need to be done. The high cost of it is simply not realistic anymore for a lot of people.

  2. Interesting videos. My experience from the UK is that national healthcare is far from perfect, but I'm glad it remains free for all citizens.

    What I don't like the sound of at all is the "single payer healthcare" system alluded to in these videos. Advocates of that kind of socialised system need to understand that giving people the choice of private medical healthcare actually *eases* the strain on the national system.

    In general, I am happy with the UK system. It's not perfect, but with recent investment waiting times have come down, and I always have the option of going private. I'm not too pleased about paying for my prescriptions (asthma inhalers), but they're free for the elderly and unemployed - so I can't really complain too much.

    As far as children are concerned, I don't think there should be any debate about national healthcare. It's not a child's fault if their parents are too lazy to get a job - all kids deserve the best healthcare possible.

  3. Martin, Thank you for your perspective on socialized health care. The UK system seems a little better than that of Canada as they cannot go private. Martin, if I may ask, how long does it take to get an MRI in the UK? Can you get new drugs that may help a certain condition or does it depend on the age of the patient? Children in the US all receive health care as long as the parent will take advantage of the services.

    Robin, Yes, health care is expensive in the US, but I do not think rationed health care is the answer. What is the answer....I am not sure, but it is not socialized health care.

  4. Hi Casey, can't say for sure about MRI scan waiting times as I've never needed one, but according to this report its about 7 weeks: My mum seemed to think she got hers within 3 weeks though (the NHS has definitely improved a lot over the past five years - waiting times used to be bane of our healthcare system, with people waiting more than a year for potentially life-saving treatment).

    I can't say for sure about new drugs either, though based on some recent news reports I'm fairly certain that there are some drugs the NHS simply refuses to pay for. Not because they don't work, but because they're not cost effective. I have only anecdotal evidence though.

    Glad to hear there are special provisions for kids healthcare in the US :)