posted on Aug, 23 2009 @ 06:28 PM
reply to post by JohnnyCanuck
We don't consider it as such...we consider it a right, plain and simple. You guys don't. That's your call.
You keep saying "That's your call", but you keep arguing for this "right" in the USA.
My comments in this thread have been to address the issues of the OP, who is being left behind by the system. My thought is that it is
It is indeed a tragedy when someone is left behind by the system. But how was he left behind?
- He was admitted to the ER without insurance.
- He received a consultation with not one, but two doctors, at no up front cost to him.
- Both doctors verified he was not in immediate danger.
- All this happened at the most expensive facility available - the hospital ER.
- Except for the specter of cancer, which has not been diagnosed, his problem does not appear to be acutely serious (based on a Google search, of
- There are low-cost clinics available to him to continue treatment if he chooses.
- He can now rest assured that his credit is intact and he cannot be dunned as long as he pays a minimal amount (I think it is $10 per week?) toward
his bill, regardless of how high it is.
- If he cannot or will not pay that, it is likely he will never pay a dime for that treatment, although his credit may be damaged for
We do have protections built into the system, but these protections are simply being overwhelmed by prices, which are being artificially raised by...
wait for it... insurance companies
! The bill you are so in favor of does little more than make it illegal to not pay these same insurance
Now seeing as the OP cannot afford health insurance now, exactly how is forcing him to buy it going to help?
I've argued the strengths (with inherent weaknesses as well) of our system in other places. I agree with your assessment that the problems you
face are deep, but I don't see them as insurmountable.
Neither do I, and I don't debate the Canadian health care system because I don't know enough about it. Apparently you love it; if that is the case,
then I am glad for you.
No one in this country is trying to pass anything like your system, based on the precious little I know of it.
Problem is that it has become an issue of fighting the last election. If it were regarded as a right...then it wouldn't be the hill to take
... you are aware I voted for Obama
in the last election, right? So I am against anything done by the man, but I
voted for him? Is it even possible that he might just have a bad idea
Methinks you just jammed your foot into your mouth up to the hip socket.