Is the fear of Universal health care in America a remnant of McCarthyism?
Is it tied into the red fear of Socialism?
Let’s have a good look at the current general discourse against health care.
And let’s be logical about it.
I’m Canadian. I have grown up in a world where going to the Doctor doesn’t cost you anything. (Yes, it costs something, we’ll get to that, be
quiet, I’m telling a story....) Over the years, bumps and bruises, illnesses, operations, lower income, no money, no problem. That part, you can
take literally, if you’re in Canada and you make little money, you still have full health care for necessities. (You’re not going to get new
glasses for free, but you can get the eye exam.) Broken leg, fixed. Acute appendix, out she goes! Messed up teeth, tough luck. Tooth ache? Come on
in... It’s a little bit weird, but it works, and it works like this.
Everybody pays taxes, some of our health care dollars, (to pay all these Doctors, Nurses, hospitals, vehicles, everything you need to have a healthy
country stay healthy) come from taxes collected from good working and purchasing Canadians. The people making the money, pay for the people who
can’t, to get only the things they need. I for instance have extended medical for my family of 3, including 80% coverage of eye and dental, at about
$80 a month, through a private company, through my work. Much like I’m sure a lot of Americans do.
The difference arrises here: Imagine I fall off my bigwheels, knocking out a tooth, breaking my nose and cutting my forehead. (Yikes!) With my
insurance through work I’ve got nothing to worry about. If I didn’t have any insurance, I still don’t have anything to worry about. My tooth
will not be replaced until I can pay for it, but it will be attended to by a physician if need be. With or without insurance my nose will be set for
free. (Ouch!) It’s also true that my forehead will be stitched. If I want plastic surgery it’s going to cost with 0% insurance coverage, (so ask
the Doctor to do his or her best stitching ever.)
So people like me, who pay a bit, (I have a middlin’ salary in a “service” job,) (if I made more, I would pay more income taxes, which would
end up contributing a little more to the public health program, but I wouldn’t have to pay more for my medical.) The working pay about 70% of the
public health bill through paying for dentists, optometrists and other specialists so that everyone can go to the doctor. The other thirty percent is
raised by everyone through public funds like taxes, lottery revenue.
Bottom line, no matter what, everyone gets the treatment they need.
It makes sense, I think. So I’m assuming that the people resisting American Universal Health Care are doing so because of some reason other than
the idea itself. Could it be the illogical attachment of such a program to Socialism.
Socialism, firstly, isn’t communism, but it’s closer to it than to Canada’s Health Care. Socialism as a political philosophy doesn’t jive in
a capitalist free market as much as it fails to fulfill it’s economic objectives of common reward, albeit this latter fact is due solely to our
slovenly, stubborn greed. In other words, it’s a non-sequitur. Socialism, as it’s defined, doesn’t really exist in Canada, if you think Canada
is Socialist, then you need to change your definition of Socialism, so that it fits what Canada is. Our health care is certainly not socialist. It’s
all the neigh-sayers have to yell, so it’s what they’re yelling.
I’ve seen the commercial shown in America portraying a disgruntled Canadian patient. It’s mad propaganda, same as always, change the channel.
Canada’s health-care system is the only thing it’s got going for it right now! I’ll take the Pepsi challenge against any countries health care
system any day of the week! France! Germany! (Forward thinking freaks! En garde, achtung!