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Disinformation Campaign in the US about Health Insurance: What Is Going on?

  • Jul 29, 2009
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Lately, as the US House and Senante prepare to vote on a new health insurance package, I’ve been getting e-mail from friends in the States, either asking for ammunition to use against those who are bad-mouthing the Canadian health insurance system as an example of what to avoid, or simply asking for information.

Heaven knows the Canadian system is not perfect, and is under attack here at home (see the op-ed piece Lee and his friend Terry Kaufmann wrote for Le Devoir about creeping privatization of surgical clinics. ) But there is no doubt that the Canadian public as a whole is far better served by it than people in the United States are by their system.

What is amazing is the possibility that old boy Democrats will kill the Obama health care reform package. Paul Krugman ranted a bit about that yesterday, while on Sunday David Leonhardt wrote forcefully about the vilification some US doctors have received when they’ve tried to change the way health care is organized and doctors paid in the US.

The bottom line is that at least 45 million Americans have no health insurance or inadequate insurance (and the numbers are going to jump in California as that state hobbles its program in order to meet its new budget plan,) that per capita expenditure on health is higher in the US than anywhere else in the world, and that by most health indicators Americans are less healthy than people in other developed countries (Canada, UK, France for example.)

A message to my friends across the border: this is an idea whose time came long ago. What are you waiting for?

This originally appeared on my blog: http://marysoderstrom.blogspot.com  Check it out for more comments from Canada.

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September 03, 2009
Anyone interested in this issue should check out Nicolas Kristof's column in The Newe York Times today (September 3) at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/03/opinion/03kristof.html?_r=1 Called "Health Care That Works," the piece points out that the two areas of the US health care system which get good marks for user satisfication, health outcomes and cost-effectiveness are those run by government: Mediciare and the Veterans' Administration program.
August 02, 2009
Read drifter 51's review entitled "just a minute Mr. President" for a perfect example of what we're up against.
July 31, 2009
Yes, I had not seen the Universal Health Care data point. I'm going to post something there right nonw.
July 31, 2009
It's nice to get a Canadian person's perspective on this issue.  I have a feeling that there aren't going to be any significant changes for a while.  I'm fortunate enough to be young, able to work, and can tough it out, but I feel really bad for all the older folks out there who can't, and don't have health insurance.

Something tells me that you'll find these reviews on Universal Health Care interesting.

December 21, 2009
It's not just older folks. My daughter is just under 40, married to a doctor, and can't get or afford health insurance due to a previous existing condition.
July 29, 2009
Great review. This is a really complicated issue and it is hard to know what tho think. It is helpful that you linked to your statistics.
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