Ralph Nader: 25 Ways Canadian Health Care System Is Better Than Obamacare – OpEd

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      ZimInSeattle
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      By Ralph Nader

      Dear America:

      Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian-style single-payer— full Medicare for all— is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal.

      In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly Americans into Medicare in six months. There were no websites. They did it with index cards!

      Below please find 25 ways the Canadian health care system is better than the chaotic U.S. system.

      Replace it with the much more efficient Medicare-for-all: everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital. It will produce far less anxiety, dread, and fear.

      Love, Canada

      Number 25:

      In Canada, everyone is covered automatically at birth – everybody in, nobody out.

      In the United States, under Obamacare, 28 million Americans (9 percent) are still uninsured and 85 million Americans (26 percent) are underinsured.

      Number 24:

      More: https://www.eurasiareview.com/31122018-ralph-nader-25-ways-canadian-health-care-system-is-better-than-obamacare-oped/

      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK #SurviveAndRevolt

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      MistaP
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      you just can’t have more for less!

      this actually leaves out the more nauseating ones–yes, yes there’s atrocious death rates and wonkspeak about Part D, but the real gut-kickers are the ways people have to stoop to because of the system

      Number 6:

      In Canada, people use GoFundMe to start new businesses.

      In the United States, fully one in three GoFundMe fundraisers are now to raise money to pay medical bills. Recently, one American was rejected for a heart transplant because she couldn’t afford the follow-up care. Her insurance company suggested she raise the money through GoFundMe.

      Number 5: 

      In Canada, people avoid prison at all costs.

      In the United States, some Americans commit minor crimes so that they can get to prison and get free health care.

      Number 4: 

      In Canada, people look forward to the benefits of early retirement.

      In the United States, people delay retirement to 65 to avoid being uninsured.

      Number 3:

      In Canada, Nobel Prize winners hold on to their medal and pass it down to their children and grandchildren.

      In the United States, Nobel Prize winners sell their medals to pay for their medical bills.

      Leon Lederman won a Nobel Prize in 1988 for his pioneering physics research. But in 2015, the physicist, who passed away in November 2018, sold his Nobel Prize medal for $765,000 to pay his mounting medical bills. According to a report in Vox, the University of Chicago professor began to suffer from memory loss in 2011, and died in an Idaho nursing home.

      Number 2: 

      In Canada, the system is simple. You get a health care card when you are born. And you swipe it when you go to a doctor or hospital. End of story.

      In the United States, Obamacare’s 2,500 pages plus regulations (the Canadian Medicare Bill was 13 pages) is so complex that then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said before passage “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

      Number 1: 

      In Canada, the majority of citizens love their health care system.

      In the United States, a growing majority of citizens, physicians, and nurses prefer the Canadian type system – Medicare-for-all, free choice of doctor and hospital , everybody in, nobody out and far less expensive.

    • #8613
      yourout
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      It should be 125.

    • #8619
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      and are just praying they can find some kind of work they can do.  their SS won’t cover their costs, no pension, no pensionized health care, not enough money to pay for anything payable in medicare, etc etc etc.

       

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