Canadian Health Care – Lesson Two

SOCIALISM!!! For the Tea Party loonies, it is the maple leaf-shaped shadow, the dark spectre of Johnny Canuck that looms larger and ever southward to scare the living bejeezus out of the red staters, a foul-faced harbinger of American healthcare doom. Yer near and yet so far obedient scribe is certain the sad charade masquerading as contemporary US health care debate is driven by the eye-popping ability of the supposed pundits to twist and torture a simple concept beyond any sensible meaning. If Obamacare ultimately dies at the ballot box in November, it will be the greatest triumph of the unintelligensia since the Visigoths sacked Rome – or the ‘new’ Newt Gingrich foisted on his all-too-deserving public during the 2012 primary season.

Poor Socialism! Not so long ago, it was an honest option, like capitalism, trickle down economics, Keynesian pump priming, and Goldwateresque libertarianism — a divining rod employed by circumspect citizens to assess the merits of any plan. It could be accepted or rejected as the people might decide, just one tool in the philosophical kit bag that lent an additional perspective to national questions. Now, its sad carcass beaten beyond recognition, socialism is equated with Hell, its proponents are Godless freaks, its meaning pathetically conflated in the minds of febrile American conservatives, where socialist means ‘liberal’, ‘progressive’, ‘Democrat’, or any of the other foul fellow travelers that have polluted the Great Republic.

Not all American conservatives are this dumb. Nor are all of their often polarized and reflexive opposition big thinkers, either. But good ideas can come from anywhere, even Canada. So…let’s explore a fundamental proposition – socialism and socialized medicine are two different fish. The rest of the educated world agrees that socialism is best defined as a system of government that champions the equal sharing of land, its product and all national industry amongst all citizens. Socialism is unremitting sameness for all.

The average Canadian general practice physician earns over $250,000 per year, in our fair land where the typical household sees about $82K; plenty of specialist cutters and soothsayers are well into seven figures. I do not know many doctors who are socialists, and if the current wrangles now underway between the Canadian medical professionals and government paymasters are indicative, the docs will always get theirs.

I do not begrudge doctors fair recompense for their work. A sensible citizen understands that ‘fair’ and ‘equal’ are not the same, nor should they be. I would make a lousy socialist. The best society is one rooted in the principles of merit and honest achievement where the good, the talented and the deserving get their props, on strict condition that everyone keeps an eye on and a hand up (not out) available for those who are not so well-equipped.

The U.S. bozos who bleat about socialism in the context of the Canadian healthcare scene ought to open their eyes, look at today, and they’ll see things in a different way. Socialized medicine, people…where there is a single pay system, funded largely from the milk of the public teat, and yes, Virginia, your personal tax bill will increase. Everyone who needs healthcare is treated equally, for the greater good, because the relatively smallish chunk we all pay through our taxes for our universal Canadian system permits us to not worry so much about getting sick. It is that simple — and to the baying hounds that equate Obamacare with the devil’s work? Just like Churchill on democracy, socialized medicine is the worst possible system – except for all the others.



  1. I have lived in Canada for 20 years, worked in the States too. Good for Bryan, tell it like it is! The dumbasses that see Canada as socialism; I got 30 employees – common sense! Q

  2. jacksmith says

    “Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!” – Patrick Henry

    What a brilliant ruling by the United States Supreme Court on the affordable health care act (Obamacare). Stunningly brilliant in my humble opinion. I could not have ask for a better ruling on a potentially catastrophic healthcare act than We The People Of The United States received from our Supreme Court.

    If the court had upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate under the commerce clause it would have meant the catastrophic loss of the most precious thing we own. Our individual liberty. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Supreme Court.

    There is no mandate to buy private for-profit health insurance. There is only a nominal tax on income eligible individuals who don’t have health insurance. This is a HUGE! difference. And I suspect that tax may be subject to constitutional challenge as it ripens.

    This is a critically important distinction. Because under the commerce clause individuals would have been compelled to support the most costly, dangerous, unethical, morally repugnant, and defective type of health insurance you can have. For-profit health insurance, and the for-profit proxies called private non-profits and co-ops.

    Equally impressive in the courts ruling was the majorities willingness to throw out the whole law if the court could not find a way to sever the individual mandate under the commerce clause from the rest of the act. Bravo! Supreme Court.

    Thanks to the Supreme Court we now have an opportunity to fix our healthcare crisis the right way. Without the obscene delusion that Washington can get away with forcing Americans to buy a costly, dangerous and highly defective private product (for-profit health insurance).

    During the passage of ACA/Obamacare some politicians said that the ACA was better than nothing. But the truth was that until the Supreme Court fixed it the ACA/Obamacare was worse than nothing at all. It would have meant the catastrophic loss of your precious liberty for the false promise and illusion of healthcare security under the deadly and costly for-profit healthcare system that dominates American healthcare.

    As everyone knows now. The fix for our healthcare crisis is a single payer system (Medicare for all) like the rest of the developed world has. Or a robust Public Option choice available to everyone on day one that can quickly lead to a single payer system.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for-profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. The ACA/Obamacare will not fix that.

    The for-profit medical industrial complex has already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    To all of you who have fought so hard to do the kind and right thing for your fellow human beings at a time of our greatest needs I applaud you. Be proud of your-self.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.


    jacksmith – WorkingClass 🙂


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