Wintery Knight

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MUST-SEE: Steven Crowder’s undercover expose of single-payer health care in Canada!

UPDATE: Welcome Canadian visitors from Blazing Cat Fur! Thanks for the link! I am going to tell you all straight – I have seen Canadian Football and it is twice as exciting as American Football. Please allow us to have CFL teams (again)!

Hilarious, and totally un-scripted, totally undercover!

How long must you wait for FREE HEALTH CARE in Canada?

You can leave a comment at his blog here. (H/T IMAO.us)

Hot Air summarizes the lessons of the video:

The big lesson from Steven Crowder’s undercover look at the single-payer health-care system in Canada? “Don’t get sick on Sunday.” Actually, we can probably narrow that to, “Don’t get sick,” because Steven demonstrates that the only thing reliably covered in CanadaCare is the bill.

What would Obamacare do to us?

Check out this assessment by Chapman university law professor Hugh Hewitt. (H/T The Heritage Foundation)

Some of my law firm’s clients and some executives in my broadcast audience are quietly preparing for the necessary analysis that will follow the passage of Obamacare by asking their personnel departments the obvious question: Will it make economic sense to discontinue health care coverage for my employees and instead push them into the government plan?

These employers –manufacturers, builders, entrepeneuers of all sorts– cannot yet get an answer to this question because they don’t have any specifics about costs from which they can make an informed decision.

But they all know they will have to “do the math” if the “government option/public plan” makes it into law. They cannot not do so for they owe shareholders and investors an objective assessment of what will improve their bottom lines.

If the “government option/public plan” costs $300 per employee per month and private sector insurance costs $350 per employee per month, the choice to push their workforce into the waiting arms of President Obama’s new bureaucracy will make itself.

Under Obamacare, your employer will decide whether you are on the private or public option – by dumping everyone that costs them too much. That’s Obama’s public option – it’s not your option.

Obamacare will run huge deficits

The latest report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is out. (H/T The Heritage Foundation)

Excerpt:

For the past half-century, federal spending has averaged about 20 percent of GDP, federal taxes about 18 percent of GDP and the budget deficit 2 percent of GDP. The CBO’s projection for 2020 — which assumes the economy has returned to “full employment” — puts spending at 26 percent of GDP, taxes at a bit less than 19 percent of GDP and a deficit above 7 percent of GDP. Future spending and deficit figures continue to grow.

[T]he major causes of the budget blowout are well-known: an aging population and rapid increases in health spending. In 2000, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — the main programs providing income and health care for those 65 and over — totaled nearly 8 percent of GDP. In 2020, CBO projects that will reach almost 12 percent of GDP. But the deeper source of our predicament is a self-indulgent political culture that avoids a rigorous discussion of government’s role.

…Obama would make matters worse. He talks about controlling “entitlement” spending (mainly Social Security and Medicare) but hasn’t done so. He’s proposing just the opposite. His health-care proposal would increase federal spending. He says he will “pay for” the added outlays with tax increases or other spending cuts, but what people forget is that every penny of this “payment” could be used (and should be) to close the long-term deficit — not raise future spending and taxes.

As if we were not already spending too much!

Previous posts on health care

Verum Serum has more Canadian horror stories:

Canadian visitors, please leave a comment with your worst health care story so that we can understand what you are going through.

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit reports that Obamacare will provide taxpayer funding for abortion just as polls show that the country is more pro-life than ever.

UPDATE: But there’s hope! Obama’s teleprompter has been smashed! Perhaps this will be an end of Obamacare now that the evil genius is no more.

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11 Responses

  1. kreitsauce says:

    That is awful! Why in the world would Obama or anyone even consider nationalized health care?

  2. Vio Moix says:

    God bless you for exposing the dark side of health care poor Canadians are given… Just got back from attending a wedding in Windsor and one of the guests at our table shared the fact that she had an annual check up from Life Insurance and because she was 20 lb. over the weight limit they asked her to either lose them or get a $30.00/month fine/ increase her premium… WOW! I was shocked. I still am…

    • Actually, don’t be unhappy with me, but I don’t think that the government runs life insurance. It is actually ok for companies to charge a premium commensurate with the risks of each individual. The problem with government-run health care is that the costs are apportioned by income, not by risk, so that people can act irresponsibly and someone else may end up paying. Costs skyrocket and shortages ensue because those using the services don’t pay, those paying stop working, and there is no incentive to live a healthy lifestyle. The inevitable result is rationing of health care, with decisions being made by the government.

  3. Rose says:

    Here’s the irony of Socialized Medicine, the left wing socialist allow the rich and elites
    to pay for elective surgery i.e. plastic surgery, dental surgery, and other speciality health services but the self same leftards deny the unwashed masses the right to pay for life saving surgery.

    Thus the rich and elites can pay for anything as long as it’s deemed “Elective” but I can’t pay a private clinic to save my life in Canada. Welcome to Canada where te Modern Left (Obama is one of them) force the majority to bend to their twisted upside down loopy logic. The rich die looking good, the unwashed massed die without perfect teeth or skin and large boobs of course.

    • I heard that Liberal turncoat MP Belinda Stronach flew to California to get her breast cancer treatment, but the rest of you can wait in line when you need something. When will people learn what communism means? Poverty for the masses, while the elites get special privileges.

  4. Natasha says:

    Couple points:

    I think at the beginning of the video Steve said that we (Canadians) get “free” drugs as part of our health care. Maybe those on welfare do, I don’t. Many people have a drug plan through work — I’m self-employed (and poor) so if I need drugs, I pay for them. Luckily I’m healthy.

    Also, he mentioned about paying tax on top of tax. Maybe that’s how they do it in Quebec, but most other provinces — no. In Ontario (where I live) both the GST (federal tax of 5%) and the PST (provincial sales tax of 8%) are applied to the subtotal — eg. $100 sale, add $5 GST and $8 PST = $113. Some provinces have a harmonized tax, Alberta has GST ONLY.

    Now, one exception: we do pay tax on tax when buying booze. With alcohol there’s lots of tax already built into the price, and then we pay more at the checkout. Liquor prices are outrageous here compared to the States. (And, until now, we’ve had a lot more reason to drink.)

    And finally Canadian health care…well, pretty much the same across Canada. And in spite of all the taxes that are paid to prop up our failing health care system, not everything is “free”. Men of a certain age (in Ontario and British Columbia) have to pay out of pocket for a PSA test (prostate), while women get free PAP smears and mammograms (hey, no gender bias here — wink, wink).

    My dad had a hip replacement a few years ago — he waited (in pain) for 9 or 10 months. My husband suffered chronic illness starting in his late 20s until his mid to late 30s — medical care here was USELESS! He came home from one hospital visit with dysentery — it took him a long time to recover from that.

    About 7 years ago, hubby broke his right hand/arm at the wrist (very nasty break) — excellent emergency care, no waiting. They put him on a guerney right away and drugged him up until the doctor could set his arm and put a cast on it. He needed one operation (pins had to be put in) and a year of therapy to be able to use his right hand again.

    About 9 years ago, I injured my eye (no permanent damage thankfully) — and got immediate emergency room service — no waiting (and the waiting room was full). They didn’t even stop to get my health card info — they just started working on me right away.

    I used to say our health care system was great for emergencies, but lousy when it came to treating chronic health problems.

    HOWEVER: That’s all changed. I’m not sure any more how well emergencies are being handled. Recently (within the last few years) in my city, they closed the emergency departments of all hospitals except one. WTF??? I really can’t figure that out.

    Also, if you don’t have a family doctor, you’re essentially screwed. In my city, there are no doctors taking on new patients. If you’re unhappy with your current doctor, tough — you can’t opt to see another. You’ll have to use a clinic. Some doctors refuse to take on patients who are too unhealthy — that’s right, they don’t want any sickly patients — too much work! You have to not need a doctor to be considered good patient material. Some communities hold lotteries: winner gets a family doctor.

    And the wait times…To see my family doctor for a non-emergency item (checkup/PAP, etc.), I have to book it two months ahead. If my health concerns should require a specialist — who knows how long — anywhere from a few months to several months. Blood/cholesterol and other tests have to be ordered by your doctor (or a doctor at a clinic). Your doc gives you a form with the particular tests checked off. You go to one of the three or four testing facilities in the city during their regular business hours (no weekends) — get there early, no appointments, you take a number and wait. Exceptions: special tests like a colonoscopy has to be scheduled (for obvious reasons).

    I used to feel somewhat secure that worst case scenario if I needed an operation or specialized treatment, and time was a deciding factor for my recovery, I could always head to the States and pay for it out of pocket — it might mean selling the house, but I’d rather be alive. Now with Obamacare on its way, we won’t have that option. You Americans are about to find out what’s it like to have health care freedom taken away from you. I am so sorry.

    Oh, and the woman in the video who mentioned pet care? She was bang on! In Canada, pets get the absolute best medical care — because their owners pay for it. If your pet needs an MRI — no problem and no wait. If you need an MRI — forget about it.

    (P.S. Sorry my comment was so long; I had a lot to get off my chest.)

    And thanks, Steven, for the great video!

    • I think that Crowder was saying that Americans THINK that you get free drugs in Canada, but drugs are not part of the single-payer system in Canada at all. I think they are in the NHS, and there people are regularly denied expensive drugs, even if they have paid into the system much more than other people.

      This is the part that scared me:

      Men of a certain age (in Ontario and British Columbia) have to pay out of pocket for a PSA test (prostate), while women get free PAP smears and mammograms (hey, no gender bias here — wink, wink).

      Obama is in the tank for his special interests. We have a billion-dollar Violence Against Women Act, and NO violence against men act. Even though the rates of domestic violence are about equal in government studies conducted in Canada and UK between men and women. That’s why I’m scared.

  5. Natasha says:

    Another thought: Many lefties such as Michael Moore like to spout off about Canada’s higher life expectancy. It’s true that the numbers say that we live, on average, a few years longer. But I don’t think the figures take into account that Americans have a higher per capita murder rate (lots of young men, especially young black men, killing each other). I don’t have the stats at hand, but I do recall reading this somewhere (actually in more than one article).

    I wonder if you factor out murders on both sides of the border just how our Canadian life expectancy would stack up? Wouldn’t that be a more accurate way to compare Canadian and American health care?

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