Wednesday, September 19, 2007

American Health the Greatest Say Canadians

Sen. Hillary Clinton, Democrat Presidential candidate, has introduced HillaryCare 2.0 this week. Her plan is a massive enlargement of government bureaucracy and spending, despite a promise of “no new bureaucracies.”

Sen Clinton (what happened to Rodham?) seeks to make Health Care Insurance a requirement for everyone in the U.S. Every worker would have to show proof of insurance in order to obtain a job. She also promises that everyone will pay higher taxes to pay for her health care improvements that she admits will cost $110 billion per year. That's an extra tax contribution of $367 for every man, woman, and child in America.

We are told our health care system is broken and 47 million Americans are without insurance; about half the 47 million are illegal aliens - 20 million. But, that doesn't mean the health care system is broken, it only means many people don't have health INSURANCE, not an inability to obtain health services. Many people simply choose not to carry the expense of insurance. It's estimated that 9.3 million people with household incomes above $75,000 are uninsured. Another 8.5 million of the uninsured have household incomes of $50,000 to $74,999.

Why would anybody want to pay for health insurance in a country with health care so bad that New York City 9/11 rescue workers had to be taken to Cuba for adequate care by Michael Moore? Why indeed, when tens of thousands of Canadians come to America for health care even though Hillary & Co. tout the Canadian health service system as far superior to ours.

The most recent example of this trend is Belinda Stronach, a Liberal Party member of Canada's Parliament and daughter of Canadian billionaire industrialist Frank Stronach.

Stronach, a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, came to California last June for a cancer operation. Her spokesman, Greg MacEachern, told the Toronto Star that she made the decision to go to the U.S. because it was the "best place" for her type of surgery — not that she lacked any confidence in Canada's health care.

But Stronach, who has the resources to afford the finest in foreign care, isn't alone. Stronach's fellow Liberal Party member Robert Bourassa, who served as premier of Quebec in the early 1990s,chose to be treated in Cleveland, Ohio, when he was diagnosed with cancer — not in Canada.

Just last month, , we wrote about Karen and J.P. Jepp, who had to leave their home in Calgary, Alberta, for Great Falls, Montana, to give birth to their identical quadruplets. Why? A shortage of neonatal beds and inability to perform a C-section for multiple babies.

You might wonder, if Canada's health care system is so great, why would a Canadian city of more than a million people have fewer beds for newborns and fewer services than a fairly remote prairie city of 57,000? Good question.

In fact, these and other instances lay bare the ugly truth about Canada's system: Far from being a health care paradise, Canada's system is in disarray — and getting worse. That's why it's pursuing private-sector reforms, even as we consider national health care.

In 1998, 212,990 Canadians were on hospital waiting lists for surgery, waiting on average 13.3 weeks. Today, more than 800,000 Canadians are on waiting lists, waiting often 20 weeks or more.

Survival rates for major types of cancer in the U.S. are higher than in Canada. As such, seven of 10 Canadian provinces send their prostate-cancer patients to the U.S. for treatment. What does that tell you?

Americans have more access to advanced medical procedures like dialysis and coronary bypass surgery, and use more medical technology like CT scanners and MRI imaging machines. Canada's Fraser Institute puts it bluntly: "Canadian patients do not get the same quality or quantity of care as American patients."

Universal care, as pushed by Stronach's friend Hillary Clinton, will have the same results in the U.S. as in Canada.

Do Americans really want that?

This American certainly doesn't want any part of HillaryCare. As for the cost of the bloated program, just what does 110 billion dollars really look like? Try this:

$68 billion (Department of Education)
+ $22 billion (Department of Energy)
+ $8.03 billion(Environmental Protection Agency)
+ $7.77 billion ( Corps of Engineers)
+ $2.68 billion (Executive Office of the President)
+ $675 million ( Small Business Administration).

Certainly, Sen Clinton would not create another bureaucracy. As President she would probably roll HillaryCare 2.0 into the Health and Human Services budget which for 2006-07 is a paltry $76 billion (increased by $2.7 billion for 2007-08.) So again, the former First Lady isn't really lying, there would be no new bureaucracy. Believing her only requires "a willing suspension of disbelief."

Investors Business Daily
Canadian Press
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

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The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Buying into Hillary's healthcare plan v2.0 would indeed require, a "willing suspension of disbelief".

I have the perfect cartoon for you, Indigo.

Indigo Red said...

LOL, Wordsmith! That's a very appropriate 'toon.

Indigo Rose said...

I don't understand how a person could be carrying insurance BEFORE looking for a job? Most of us work to get the insurance benefit.
Rural area, State of California, we share the cost of $925.10/mo for 2 people (our share $276- and it raises 6% in January). A family plan is $1,202.63/mo right now.
After a visit to British Columbia in the 1990's the Canadian's were telling us to DO WHATEVER NECESSARY TO NEVER ALLOW UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE!!! The wait for surgery, any surgery... tonsils, heart.., took too long. Lives were being lost.

Gayle said...

I have Canadian friends and so I know what Hillary's despicable plan would lead to, Indigo. I've heard a lot of horror stories. One of my friend's father recently died of heart problems. He needed surgery but would have to wait several weeks for it. His son wanted to take him to the US for the surgery, but his dad didn't want to make the trip. His dad died! I don't think this type of thing is all that uncommon up there. :(

Mike's America said...

There was just a story the other day about a man in Great Britain whose Colon cancer returned. He was told to come back to the doctor a month later in January, but that appointment got changed to April. By the time he was able to get to see the doctor, it was too late and he died.

There was another recent story about a one hundred year old woman who needed a new hearing aid to hear. She was told the waiting list was 18 months. Imagine being her age and forced to endure near deafness for that period of time. She might not even live to get one.

There is nothing compassionate or caring about socialized medicine. Only the same bad care for everyone.

dcat said...

Talk about being treated like cattle! I would quit my job in the medical field if it happened!!!