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originally posted by: olaru12
a reply to: JDeLattre89
I guess in America it boils down to .....
Pay for insurance and make a lot of money for the elite investors in for profit health care and still get halfassed healthcare.
Or pay into a system where the patient is to be cared for and not just a means to make money for investors.
Take your pick...
I wonder why we can't have the same kind of health care our congressmen and representatives have? All paid for by the US taxpayers.
And for the record, I'm not necessarily defending our system, but what I am doing is pointing out that it's easy for those on the outside of our borders looking in to sing the praises of their cheaper system, when a major reason that it's so cheap is that our country does the bulk of the world's studies, R&D, innovating, and modernizing of the healthcare system worldwide.
Imagine, if you will, what it would cost if Canada was forced to suddenly create all of the medical technology and develop all of the drugs and procedural innovations that come out of America on its own from this point on, from R&D to final product. Imagine that the citizenry of your country had to pay the bill for all of that in one form or another, be it taxes, increased costs of products and services, etc. Your cost for healthcare would also skyrocket.
Our system isn't perfect, but I'll tell you, the American federal government usurping control over all of our healthcare would absolutely not make it cheaper, or better in any way.
What I don't understand is the attitude of people who despair at their taxes being taken for universal healthcare, "free" education, etc. No, it's not free. Yes, it comes from your taxes.
Either way, in ANY of our countries, we are being -taxed-.
Would you really rather your tax money go to lining your politicians pockets? Going to excessive military spending? Or would you rather your tax money go to something important: people's health and education.
I've been to the ER once for myself and once for my son. I am SO GLAD that I live in a country where they value people's health over bleeding you dry.
originally posted by: kaylaluv
a reply to: SlapMonkey
Fine - stay out of the argument, but we are slowly becoming a third world country because we refuse to progress with the other big boys.
originally posted by: LookingForABetterLife
I have no insurance to pay this so they are not going to get paid any of this by me.
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: kaylaluv
So what if you are in a right to work state and they canned your ass for taking 4 days off "getting yourself in huge medical debt" being sick.
originally posted by: Ghost147
originally posted by: aliensanonymousAlthough we recieve free school
Does that include college and university?
I'm all for that as well, despite being out of school I'd much rather our school system be entirely free, post secondary and all. And I don't mind if they raise taxes to do it.
Education should also be a human right, in my opinion
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