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  •  I'll repost something I put on Facebook in 2011 (6+ / 0-)

    (for my stateside peeps who think Canadian Healthcare is worse than no healthcare at all)

    Today (Tuesday) my father-in-law Peter (a Canadian living in Nova Scotia) had a pacemaker implanted after a series of arrhythmias caused him to pass out on Monday morning. Very glad he's going to be okay, and probably feeling better than before. Of course it got me to thinking again of the claims I often heard (from bogus sources) during the U.S. healthcare debate.

    Note that Peter's treatment was immediate - he got the necessary surgery the day after his incident. No months long delay, no ignoring his needs because he was 72, no calling and fighting with insurance companies to get "pre-approval." It was ordered on the specialist's authority alone, and it was done. There will be no retroactive denial of payment for the hospitalization costs, because these costs were paid by everyone's tax dollars.

    Now Peter will be able to start feeling better without any worry at all about a massive $80,000 bill for the procedure, hospitalization and doctor's fees. And that's the way it should be.

    If you've been swallowing the FoxNews, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck lies about single-payer healthcare, I'm here to tell you that they are just that - lies. Canadians in every poll express approval of their single-payer system, especially when compared to the U.S. system. Every one of my experiences with the system here (during 14 years) has been superior to any experience I had in the United States as an adult. Single payer is better for people, it's better for doctors and it's less expensive for the taxpayer (by a massive amount) so you are probably wondering what's standing in the way of the U.S. adopting it?

    Probably the biggest obstacle is a decades-long campaign of deception by the health insurance industry, the middleman who takes much of the cash and provides nothing in return. They don't provide any care or any value to the doctor-patient relationship - only aggravation and a lethal dose of greed. If single-payer is adopted, they will be out of business. But don't be naive - they're going to fight for their yachts and for their 24 million dollar compensation packages. The for-profit insurance industry needs to die, and it needs to die now.  It provides nothing of value, and only takes lives. For those of you who say "but it provides work for so many!" you should think more seriously about what it is they're working at. It's an industry that has no right to exist - because it has set up a system that's killing thousands of Americans every year. It has a disgusting sense of entitlement not only to a third of your income, but to your very life and death.

    You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty.
    - Jessica Mitford

    by Swampfoot on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:23:06 PM PDT

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