+Joe Parker +Beth Donovan
"Let me be clear, I would not mind nationalized healthcare as long as the government stayed out with minimal regulation and choice was maintained." that is exactly what Obamacare is.
And up hear, Canadian's choose their doctors, their specialists, their coarse of treatments. AND if there is a procedure your doctor recommends, and it is unavailable in Canada, you can travel to any western world, pay for the procedure, and be reimbursed by the government.
Where is the lack of choice and over "regulation".
In Canada access to Healthcare is a right. In our charter of rights and freedoms. No one dies for being poor here. and no one goes from upper middle class to bankrupt after a heart attack.
When I live in NYC, my employer had what all my american peeps called "the Cadillac of plans", and I STILL had to pay 10k out of pocket/yr. THAT'S INSANE!
I can only imagine the number of sick people and children that don't go to the doctor because they can't afford to (I'm talking middle class Americans).
I had a creative director/friend I worked with in the states. Had horrible breathing problems, and pulled in 6 figures, but because he had broken his arm previously he was still paying back a $30k hospital bill.
I convinced him to come work with me in TO after I moved back. 3 months after being here, he was fully covered. He chose the same Dr. I had based on my recommendation (not based on the government).
They found a spot on lesion lung.
He never would have found it, or had been treated in the states.
The very sad end . . . his parent were struggling after the financial collapse in Cali, moved back with his pregnant wife. She started having complications, but didn't go to the Dr. because they couldn't afford it, the baby died a week after birth.
Argue all you want about who should pay for what, but as a society we find that unacceptable.