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25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare for the 2020 Elections

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Everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital. It will produce far less anxiety, dread, and fear. Can you hear that, Congress and the White House?

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There are more than two dozen reasons, explains Nader, that 'the Canadian health care system — and the resulting quality of life in Canada — is better than the chaotic, wasteful and often cruel U.S. system.'
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Dear America:

Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare, and although it has improved access to healthcare for some, tens of millions of Americans still cannot afford basic medical care for their family. No healthcare system is without problems but Canadian-style single-payer full Medicare for all is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal for all basic and emergency medical and hospital services.

In the mid-1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly Americans into Medicare in six months. There were no websites. They did it with index cards!

Below please find 25 ways the Canadian health care system and the resulting quality of life in Canada is better than the chaotic, wasteful and often cruel U.S. system.

Replace it with the much more efficient Medicare-for-all: everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital. It will produce far less anxiety, dread, and fear. Hear that, Congress and the White House!

Number 25:

In Canada, everyone is covered automatically at birth everybody in, nobody out. A human right.

In the United States, under Obamacare, 28 million Americans (9 percent) are still uninsured and 85 million Americans (26 percent) are underinsured. Obamacare is made even worse by Trumpcare restrictions. (See Trumpcare by John Geyman MD (2019)).

Number 24:

In Canada, the health system is designed to put people, not profits, first.

In the United States, Obamacare has done little to curb insurance industry profits and in fact has increased the concentrated insurance industry's massive profits.

Number 23:

In Canada, coverage is not tied to a job or dependent on your income rich and poor are in the same system, the best guaranty of quality.

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Point No. 26 might be that, unlike in the US, Canadians are not unknowingly pumping fortunes into the vaults of for-profit health insurers for their Billion dollar investments in health-damaging industries....like cigarettes and junk food (as exposed by PNHP a while back) but also pesticides, pharms that make even tobacco pesticides and cig additives, oil, gas and fracking, coal, military weaponry, GMOs and the works.

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Our system is more than profits for the insurance industry. Those profits must be attained by Doctors' , hospitals/clinics, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, etc. With each of these segments needing to make a profit the only one who can assure that is the sick person, thus they need people to get sick.

When a person gets sick they go to the doctor. The insurance company has figured what they can pay the doctor and facility and still make a profit, usually shorting their payments to the doctor and/or facility. The doctor/facility then send you a bill which they call the deductible or what the insurance company does not pay in order they can make a profit. You then go to the pharmacy where the same holds true. The bottom line is an average simple office visit to the doctor where medication is prescribed will cost the sick person $175-$200 in deductibles.

That's what happens under the plans of the insurance which we are told so many people are in love with. Of course, that propaganda is being paid for with money that could be paying your deductibles.

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...probably because Canadian taxation isn't progressive enough.

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Wait. Only 25?

We don't have a health care system.

All we have is a for-profit health insurance parasite and health industrial complex support system.

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I heard from several Canadians that right wing politicians, inspired by American conservatism, are working hard to destroy Canada's public health care system. They may succeed. My friends are worried.

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