Go ahead: Blame Canada
I’ve held off commenting on the current U.S. health care reform debate.
This “debate” is structurally identical to what passes for communication in the franchise industry today.
Propaganda, pure and simple (biased influence)
Unmistakeably, evil if judged by historical wisdom authors. Still corrupting even to most docile sheeple.
Some of it bordering on Große Lüge (The Big Lie), analogous to Big Tobacco defense style, Nineteen Eighty-Four, modern PR, corporatism…
I think today’s Toronto Star op ed is a good summary of how most Canadians I know feel about our system versus the U.S.’s. In Why I’d rather be sick here than in U.S., Bob Hepburn writes:
For weeks, Americans have been told that Canada pushes its sickest and weakest to the bottom of wait lists, that our health care is inferior, that it’s the government that decides who lives and who dies.
Despite these attacks, the reality is that the overall quality of health care experienced in Canada is far better than in the United States.
If you have any doubt, just ask yourself this simple question:
Would you rather be sick here or in the U. S.?
For me, the answer is obvious.
I have worked and studied in the U.S. for a total of 10 years and, although I have received good care from American doctors and clinics, I’d much rather be sick here.
Some inconvenient data:
- 87% of Canadians beleive our health care system is better than the U.S. (EKOS survey),
- +90% happy with quality of care they received,
- 100% of Canadians have been covered since 1967 while 50 million U.S. have zero coverage,
- zero Canadians have gone bankrupt because of an health care expenses,
- zero Canadians have had coverage reduced because of being at a higher risk, and
- 10% Canadian GDP on health care (16% in U.S., highest in world).
We have problems, absolutely. Were lots of problems when I was hit by a automobile as a kid in 1968. But I know one Canadian family that was not bankrupted by hospital invoices. I went on to work at Royal Victoria Hospital, St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and Victoria Hospital as a staff administrator.
Our first question is: How can we help? (not How will you pay?)
Ours is not a 100% government-owned, monolithic system. Many of the elements are privately owned and for-profit. It is wide-ranging but does not cover all health needs.
That said, even the most libertarian politicians know it is political suicide to even hint at tinkering with the founding principles of the Canada Health Act:
- portability and
The debate, like in franchising, would normally be seen as just plain silly if it weren’t for the toxic effects on families and communities with these thought reform methods.
By its operating software, antithetical to a sustainable physical, spiritual and mental healthy human life. Machines running man.
Similar to many modern corporate technologies.