Sunday, June 28, 2009

Canadian healthcare myths

I just received the following e-mail from an acquaintance who ought to know what he is talking about, since he has been experiencing Canadian health care for the last 15 years.  There are those who won't believe him, of course. They would rather believe the Rush Limbaughs amd Bill O'Reillys who plant fear in their minds and hearts daily.  What we have now in America as our health care system is NOT working. CHANGE is not only necessary, it is INEVITABLE. 

Those who prefer the status quo in everything will always rail against change, because it is fearful to them.
They follow Limbaugh and FOX (FAUX) news and often vote against their own interests because of the fear generated by the propagandists they tune into daily. They're afraid they will lose something, and the Limbaughs and O'Reillys love to tell them they are losing their rights and their money. They rant on about the dreaded "socialism" and tell their "dittoheads" to fear it like the plague. The dittoheads march in a straight line after their paranoid leaders, shouting and cursing against anyone who would dare to bring CHANGE into their lives.  Even though they see how Medicare DOES work, and it is a government-run health insurance system, they still oppose a public health care system run by the government.  They fear the loss of capitalism and what it has devolved into--the Power and Greed system ruled by the wealthy, where one percent of the population have most of the wealth.

The followers of Limbaugh et al don't realize they have already lost their rights and their money to those who usurped and abused the capitalistic system we once had  (which used to be regulated to keep at least some of the wealth in the pockets of the middle class). But that kind of capitalism is long gone. The men the dittoheads love to vote for did away with all the rules and regulations for the wealthy power players, eliminating any checks and balances that might interfere with their acquiring yet more wealth, at the expense of the rest of the population.  We can all see the result of their rule.  We are living it now.

Please read the following letter and the article contained in it--and pass it along to your friends if you think it gives valuable information.

--- On Sat, 6/27/09, Andy Fielding wrote:

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2009, 11:21 PM

Hi everybody,

As a transplanted American, I can tell you that the Canadian healthcare system is nothing short of remarkable.

Imagine healthcare considered a basic human right, not a privilege just for those who can afford it. Imagine visiting your doctor when you have a health concern, then simply waving goodbye to the receptionist instead of digging out your credit card. Imagine entire families not being financially wiped out as a condition of treating serious illness.

Sound unrealistic, impractical? I've been here for 15 years, and I assure you, it's neither. And it makes me ill how the powerful U.S. medical lobbies have sabotaged every attempt to initiate such a system in the U.S.

A friend just pointed me to a great news story that debunks the myths that have been perpetrated to keep U.S. healthcare private. You owe it to yourself, and those you care about, to read it. Then please contact your government representatives and push for change, because the U.S. medical industry has been pulling the wool over your eyes long enough.

Debunking Canadian health care myths
By Rhonda Hackett / The Denver Post

Best wishes, Andy