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Dear Connor,

We have done business and worked together intermittently for a few years. First and foremost, I consider you my friend. Like most friends, I’m concerned with your well-being. Knowing you have had more than your fair share of serious illness, I think a lot about what you have suffered and greatly admire your attitude and heroic effort to win the battle. Because of this, you have certainly had your share of experience with the Canadian socialized healthcare system. I am hoping you will share your experiences.

Healthcare seems to be the theme of the week at The Right Left Chronicles — but then again, being inspired by politics in the United States, it’s on the forefront of many minds. Except for people on Medicaid and those with serious pre-existing conditions, the switch to semi-socialized healthcare in the U.S. could easily be classified as a complete failure. Premiums are skyrocketing, deductibles are out of sight, providers are leaving the market, available doctors are dwindling, and patients are unable to afford preventative care.

Some say that Obamacare was designed to fail, making it next to impossible to do anything but move toward a single-payer, socialistic government system. I’m not sure about Canada, but any program run by the federal government in the United States tends to be more than acceptably flawed.

Conservatives believe this is part of the progressives’ and democratic socialists’ intentions. Healthcare control is not about better or more affordable care — it is about government control. This far-reaching program defies three important groups of voting Americans: Republicans, Independents, and traditional Democrats. Still, this minority managed to pass the bill in 2010, and in 2017, it is imploding.

Most people would agree that everything will be okay since the Republicans hate the idea, and, with their total control of the House, Senate, and White House, there should be no problem repealing Obamacare and going back to our previous insurance market. Unfortunately, the previous healthcare market doesn’t exist any longer, and the elected lawmakers are stalling, unable to admit there were hurdles that they previously had ignored. Without this admission and a rebuilding of the current system, the stalemate continues. Personally, I feel anxious about the people sitting in radiation and chemotherapy clinics who are told their insurance isn’t any good, and they cannot continue treatment.

Tragic!

So, my Canadian friend, what can Americans learn about healthcare from our northern neighbor?

Hugs,
Grace

 

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