Just wanting to draw attention to this story
about US vs Canadian health care.
And idiot Americans can bleat all they want about the Canadian system being "socialist" and therefore no good, but what I know is this:
My brother has had juvenile diabetes since he was thirteen. He had some hospital stays when they first found out, plus he's had a few emergency room visits due to diabetic seizures over the years.
In 1994, when Da had a really bad bowel obstruction, he got the surgery he needed ASAP.
In 2003, when I first started having stomach problems, I had to see a specialist and then had loads of tests to try to figure out what was wrong. Unfortunately none of the tests could figure it out, but the point is that I could get these tests, they didn't cost me anything, and I didn't have to wait months and months for them either.
In 2004, Da took a bad fall on an icy sidewalk and ended up in intensive care for a day and in the hospital for three weeks.
In 2005, when my sister got bacterial meningitis, she was seen to quickly and basically had her life saved. She also had the experience of being a teaching case (since the Montreal General is a teaching hospital), which she found to be kind of fun ("just like on ER!"), and suffered no ill effects from the disease.
In January 2009, Da had a bad allergic reaction to something and had to be in intensive care for a few days with a breathing tube.
None of these hospital stays bankrupted us. In fact, none of them cost us a cent. My brother will never be denied anything medical because he has a pre-existing condition. Da will never have to worry about paying higher premiums because he seems to be unlucky enough to have his life threatened every few years. My family members are still alive because the Canadian system does
take care of them, and does it just fine.
If we need to go to the doctor or the hospital at any time, we can damn well do so without fear of being denied, of exorbitant bills, or of insurance companies getting in the way. There is nothing between us and our doctors. We can go to any clinic and any hospital. I'm not saying that there aren't problems (one of the biggest is the long waits for elective surgeries like hip replacements), because no system is perfect, but your system ain't better, America.
I'm happy to pay for our system out of my taxes because I know that it will be there for me and my family. I feel bad and a bit scared for American friends who can't get good insurance and thus fear ever needing a hospital stay for any reason. FIX THIS, America. Your people shouldn't have to live in that kind of fear.
Oh, and STFU, Republicans, and stop spreading misinformation and outright lies about our system. You people disgust me, seriously.