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  •  Please, if you could, detail the "lot of taxes" (5+ / 0-)

    specifically going to health care.

    Likewise, the "some procedures".

    I'll add up premiums, deductibles, co-pays, out of pocket for denied treatment, the salary hit I take because I have to keep a job for insurance, all of my dental expenses, all of my medication expenses, mental health and preventive costs and the anxiety and grief of being one pink slip and one illness away from financial ruin.

    Good lord, I wish some of this energy spent equivocating on 'universal health care' would be spent educating the public on single payer.

    Would you ever trade your system for ours?
    Do you ever travel to the U.S. without buying health insurance?

    Have you ever been denied medically necessary treatment or kicked out of your hospital bed by an insurance accountant?

    •  I would never trade the Canadian system for (2+ / 0-)
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      what little I know of the American system (which is, admittedly, very little).
      I have never traveled to or through the US without health insurance and my family's assurance that they would move heaven and earth to get me home if I became ill or injured.
      Here at home I have used private insurance to "jump the line" for an MRI - got one in 5 days rather than waiting 6 months.  Other than that, I wait my turn.
      I do know that if I had a catastrophic heart attack, or stroke or whatever, or a motor vehicle accident, or diagnosed with cancer, I would be treated without cost. That knowledge is, in itself, priceless.

      Family caregivers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

      by Dorey on Sun May 04, 2008 at 12:16:18 PM PDT

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      •  You are without a doubt .... (0+ / 0-)

        one of the lucky ones , I might say - top of the food chain . I work a union job , pay into the plan , get screwed left and right (sorry out of network - must call ahead for approval - high deductible - not a covered service ). You name it . I can't wait to go on Medicare when I tell them all to kiss my ass . Then if I get REAL sick I die with dignity .

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