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so.. mkay. you would rather have a war that A. is damaging the economy B. skyrocketing oil prices and C. is dividing this country in polar opposites not seen since the days of slavery.. as opposed to say.. A. Free medicine B. Free Surgery C. Free Check-ups ect. Now of course i know these things wouldn't be absolutely free with taxes and all, but i think i would much rather have the well-being of knowing that if anyone of my family or friends, or myself were to become ill or injured, that they would be taken care of guaranteed. that's just my two cents
It's funny how most of the major news agencies in the world are in on it too...
Originally posted by Loray
I am curious as to how many people on this board have watched Michael Moore's documentary 'Sicko'? While some of his data has been flagged as questionable, the point is clearly that Universal Healthcare is not merely about cents and dollars, but raising the quality of life for everyone in your country, equally.
It disturbs me greatly to see people disgusted with the fact that their tax dollars could go to help the less fortunate, while never considering the fact that the ability to look after your nation's sick is not only necessary, but should be something worthy of taking pride in.
If you think that the morality of it is worthless, wouldn't it be at least notable to consider how great it would feel to know if you get sick, that everything is taken care of and that no one will refuse you help. No forms to fill out, no cash exchanging hands... no worrying that your deductible is going to ruin your well planned car payments on your shiny SUV.
I'm Canadian, and yes we pay taxes for Universal Healthcare. I wouldn't have it any other way. Nor would most of my countrymen, who have voted to repeatedly smack down the greedy corporations who would introduce their privatized healthcare and detract for the public institution we've built.
Our government even takes responsibility to manage the health care system so that costs are significantly lower than what you pay in a free market health care economy.
According to the Bloomberg report, your country is getting taken to the cleaner by your system. Here is just one example:
“Americans pay 83 percent more for heart-bypass surgery than Canadians, with no difference in outcome, because of higher medicine and labor costs”
“The cost of medications used to treat bypass patients, including aspirin and the antibiotic ciprofloxacin, were as much as 68 percent greater in the U.S. than in Canada.”
“The cost of a surgical bed was 36 percent greater in the U.S.”
While our system has its flaws, occasional wait times, and is occasionally targeted by statistics that crap on the quality of the service here, the important thing remains that I've never been refused care. I’ve never had to forgo medication because I was broke and a student with a terrible minimum wage job, or had to worry about getting sick. Nor has anyone else I know. As an added bonus, my elderly mother's heart disease and aunt's cancer have never once threatened to bankrupt our family, or cost us our homes. There is a lot to be said for taxes being used to give peace of mind.
Originally posted by QuetzalcoatlAlien
Originally posted by jetxnet
No need to back it up, your taxes didn't go up since the war began. If that doesn't explain it, what does? Other countries have paid for it mostly (the Iraq War). China, Japan and the list goes on. Do the research.
The point is, your taxes will GO UP bigtime to cover Obama's plans for the US to solve Global Hunger (as IF it is OUR responsibility in the first place).
Univerals Healthcare, 'nuff said.
Contradicting yourself there, Paulie.
Why is it OUR responsibility to be supposedly ending "Terrorism" and "Muslim Extremists"? Why was it OUR responsibility to go to Vietnam?
Global Hunger is far more serious and should be a humanitarian effort looked up to.
Originally posted by wisefoolishness
I'll believe what Obama says ... I happen to enjoy kool-aid, thank you very much.
Originally posted by biggie smalls
McCain has said he wants a 100 more years of war, .
Originally posted by Baxtoriafall
I am Pro-Obama, and after watching Sicko and ignoring the mega-biased views of Michael Moore