The astroturfing of the blogosphere continues. From “No Thank You” in the comments to my earlier post:
Universal Health Care = Rationed Health Care
Waiting lists are for dinner reservations, not doctor referrals.
No, thank you.
I used to be a citizen of Canada. My wife died of IBC 15 months ago. She was referred by our doctor to an IBC specialist. After waiting for an appointment for 4 weeks, her breast had swollen to nearly two times it’s normal size. We took her to the hospital, and she died two days later.
I am not in need of a lecture on universal health care. I know exactly what it means. Cheaper/Free insurance, and lots of pain.
What a tragic story. Only a heartless monster would dare to challenge it. A heartless monster like me.
First of all, “rationed health care” is a wingnut talking point. The catchy little line about dinner reservations was a nice touch – professional quality. But the comeback in the second comment was a classic troll move designed to squish any challenge with guilt and shame. Too bad for our visitor that I’m shameless.
A total stranger drops by to share a heartbreaking story of the evils of socialized medicine. Proof?
Sorry, but I don’t believe it.
But even if the story was true it would be anecdotal and not necessarily typical. We’re not even provided with causation – an explanation of how the alleged delay caused death. Unfortunately when he discovered we aren’t sheeple our visitor skeedaddled without providing answers.
Canada has had single payer health insurance for over 30 years. They seem pretty happy with it. From “Debunking Canadian Health Care Myths” by Rhonda Hackett:
There are no waits for urgent or primary care in Canada. There are reasonable waits for most specialists’ care, and much longer waits for elective surgery. Yes, there are those instances where a patient can wait up to a month for radiation therapy for breast cancer or prostate cancer, for example. However, the wait has nothing to do with money per se, but everything to do with the lack of radiation therapists. Despite such waits, however, it is noteworthy that Canada boasts lower incident and mortality rates than the U.S. for all cancers combined, according to the U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group and the Canadian Cancer Society. Moreover, fewer Canadians (11.3 percent) than Americans (14.4 percent) admit unmet health care needs.
Reality has a well known liberal bias.