Cheaper and better health care? On July 31st, television’s 20-20 provided an overview of Obama’s health care plan. Coverage came after they dealt with out-of-control spenders (unfortunately, not our government’s) and Phil Spector’s wife.
In regard to Obama’s health care program, Sally Pipes of Pacific Research Institute said, “The only way they can get costs down under a government run system is to control the amount of money that is spent on health care. But there’s much more of a demand for health care than the government is willing to pay for and so we will have long waits for care, just like they do in Canada and Great Britain.”
Patients in these two nations wait in line to register to see a dentist. John Stossel on 20-20 reported that “some pull their own teeth.” Protesters walk about with signs because they say drugs they need are not paid for by the health service.
Obama says he doesn’t want government run health care but many others see this upcoming bill as a bridge to just that. Obama has said a lot of things.
And what will this system look like? We have, as mentioned above, Canada and Great Britain as examples. Canadian Dr. David Gratzer, author of “The Cure,” says “the more time I spent with the Canadian system, the more I came across people waiting for radiation therapy, waiting for the knee replacement so they could walk up the second floor of their house.”
Six months is an average time to get an MRI or an appointment to see a Neurologist. Dr. Gratzer is not alone as other Canadian doctors have said “their system is cracking”. The wait, if you’re sick enough to be admitted to a hospital, is 23 hours, just to get in.
About 1.7 million Canadians don’t have and can’t get a family doctor and some towns pull names out of a box, like a lottery, for the next family to be assigned a doctor.
Some Canadian businessmen make money on the system by getting Canadians to U.S. hospitals for treatment. One woman, whose surgery was designated as “elective” in Canada, came to the U.S. and was told she would have died in a week if the surgery wasn’t performed.
Canadian animals are much more fortunate. Dogs, cats, etc. are scheduled the next day for their procedures. The people are not that lucky.
What can you do? Get in touch with your senator and representative. Ask where the next townhall meeting is. In my next article, I’ll cover some questions you may want to ask about the proposed health care package.