WHY?? According to Zakaria at Newsweek, it's the rising cost of health care.
As someone who's lived in Canada, I can say there are issues with the system up there. However, I think it is a much more responsible system than the one down here & much more fiscally sound.
For all the neo-cons complaints about the costs of the Canadian system, the AMA did a research which showed that we in the US spend more than $200 billion more in admin costs alone vs. Canada.
I don't agree with all of Fareed's analysis but it is an interesting lead in to the health care crisis which NO ONE is addressing, esp. the idiot in the WH.
There are many benefits of Universal health:
- It is overall cheaper than our current system (see AMA & related studies).
- If you aren't afraid of health costs, you are not as apt to wait till shit hits the fan before going. This keeps costs down b/c it's castrophic & serious conditions that blow up health costs.
- The overall health of people is better b/c imagine (a) not living under the stress of health care costs & (b) they will go more often & do a better job of maintaining their health (& therefore avoid #2).
- Prescription drugs are cheaper & futhermore there's not the incentive to prescribe them for everything. This reduces the "pill for everything" culture that's pushed here & actually makes people try natural cures, like say ohhh, EXERCISE!?!?!?
1. The hole (& please clarify guys) that I saw was in catastrophic or specialist care. The line on that sometimes got long. Private care, like here, was available but at a cost (which I think was similar to here).
However, the horror stories of people dying in long lines was a neo-con myth as I saw it.