Two years ago today, August 22nd, we moved to Beautiful British Columbia. I'm only going to say this one more time as I can imagine everyone is getting awfully tired of hearing it:
Every Single Day I read at least one news item, oftentimes more, from The States that makes me very happy and relieved we don't live in the U.S. anymore.
I know a guy in Seattle who feels compelled to remind me that Canada isn't perfect. It's his way of countering whatever positive thing I've told him about living up here.
Canada is not perfect. I know. I live here. But guess what? Relatively speaking, after a lifetime of living in the U.S. -- Yes It Is!
Now it's at this point where someone might say, "Sounds a bit paranoid there Bob."
And like all paranoids I say, "I'm not paranoid ... I've got proof!"
Where I now live sickness is not viewed as a money-making opportunity. In Seattle it cost us over $13,000 a year for access to health care. Then came the co-pays, deductibles, and all the rest. Now our cost per year is ... nothing.
From May through July I had to undergo a series of medical tests and procedures that would have put a strain on our finances back in Seattle. Our cost up here? Nothing. Eighty percent of our prescription costs are covered and I did have to pay $14 for my glasses so everything isn't "free." Just almost everything.
A health care system designed to make a profit from pain and sickness is a health care system designed by psychopaths. You know the propaganda has taken hold when FOX viewers, who would be bankrupted by a medical catastrophe, parrot the FOX mouthpieces and decry the evils of a single-payer health care system.
But forget about The Big Issues for a moment. What's it like to live up here on a day-to-day basis?