Woo Hoo… but it is not what you would at first think……..
The Average Canadian is Richer than the Average American. And you know that they say about averages, which means the lower levels here in America are way, way, behind……
Net worth of the average Canadian household in 2011 was $363,202, while the average American household’s net worth was $319,970.
Primarily, paying private health care costs in America and not in Canada makes up the difference. This past years aging of the baby boomers has increased the medical costs to American society as a whole, and those retirement plans once listed on America’s books as assets, are now quickly being funneled into retirement homes, hospital death panels, and insurance exec’s 7th and 8th homes.
National Healthcare with a single payer system, appears to actually be beneficial for a nation as a whole.
Republicans will say “sure, Canadians may think they are richer, but they are not getting the quality healthcare Americans get. Actually that is true. They appear to be getting better healthcare and getting it with none of the extra expense. A healthy 19-year-old Canadian can expect to have 52 more years of perfect health versus 49.3 more years for Americans. Canadians have a universal healthcare service, which is free at the point of care, whereas Americans’ access to health insurance is usually based on employment, income through Medicaid, or age through Medicare, and not universal.
There is no logical reason not to have single payer health care: one it is cheaper; two it is better; three we will have perfect health and live longer;
Here are the reasons against having a single health care provider: less profit to those who own the stocks.
So, it becomes a balance of perfect health for 53 years for everybody in the country. ….. or…… someone else’s bank account growing a little bit more…
Hmmmm. I think having someone else’s bank account grow a little more, is far more important to me than whether or not I have a healthy life or get to pull a few extra years to live on this planet.. I will vote for Romney to get rid of Obamacare.
Of course, expect to hear the touting of …. Socialism is better than Capitalism.
That depends upon your definition. For you see, Canada has been under Conservative Control for a long time. Since the 1990s, Canada has pursued a hardheaded (even ruthless), fiscally conservative form of socialism. It is just that their conservatives are conservative, and not fanatics which has made all the difference. The argument is still out there that “uncontrolled Socialism” might not have painted as pretty of a picture as this blend of Conservative Socialism has wrought.
The proper name being thrown around to describe Canada, is now hybrid-economy, meaning it takes the best from both worlds and blends them together. Sounds like marriage.
As a footnote it would be good to hit all conservatives with this hockey puck right between their eyes.
Classic conservatism aims to minimize government but that is a tertiary priority after one: doing what is effective and two: doing that which is lest expensive. Since the days of Nixon that message has been co-opted by the radicals to a single item: minimize government. That isn’t “conservatism”, that is fanaticism.
Under classic conservatism life’s basic needs are addressed effectively. Then the most efficient system is sought so the needed quality can be delivered at the lowest price. A true conservative will support a government program if such a system delivers the quality most efficiently. At this point in time, when the nation’s needs are being met and cost is under control, only then does the classic conservative oppose government expansion as a point of principle.
Conservatism in America is functionally dead. It has been replaced by propaganda designed to support plutocracy. The American government has been transformed into an engine which pumps money from the general public into the coffers of a very small sliver of the population.
What is called conservatism today has no resemblance to the genuine article. Doing what time has proven to work best is right down a conservative’s alley. And in the matter of health care, time has proven that universal access works best and is the cheapest.
Footnote: American Conservatives believed in managed healthcare when it was created as the Heritage Foundation Plan; implimented as Romney-care; and tweaked as the Republican Senate’s Plan. There is something seriously wrong with today’s Republicans. Seriously wrong. They need to go up to Canada and see a doctor.