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Old 01-24-2008, 11:34 AM   #11
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Universal Health Care (i.e. turning the whole system over to the
government) in this country would be disastrous, as has shown to
be in Canada. It would not be "free", we would still be paying for
it through what would be necessarily high tax rates
It would be less expensive though. Per capita, the price of health care would be nearly cut in half...

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and the quality
would dump into the toilet, with horribly long wait times (as it has
in Canada).
That is mostly a myth created by the far right. I have family in Canada... They've never had to wait more than a week for care... I know people in America who have had to wait for a week (or longer).

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Moreover, the psychology of the human person will
create a situation where many people will figure "hey, it's 'free',"
and end up going to the doctor every time their butt itches.
Hmmmm, which is worse, THAT, or the alternative - "I've got a lump on my testicle... It might be cancer, but I can't afford the co-pay to go to the doctor... Oh well, I hope it goes away..."

Sorry phil, but I'd much rather have the luxuary of going to the doctor because my butt itches than having to avoid the doctor due to lack of funds...

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As an anecdote, I heard a Canadian woman describe how her child
had a life-threatening illness, but was placed on a 6-8 month waiting
list in Canada. Out of necessity, she left Canada, and came to the
US to, ultimately, save her son's life. Her conclusion: "I'd rather have
my child live, and pay a price, than have my child dead, for free."
I can give you millions of anecdotes of Americans who were denied life saving treatment due to lack of funds... No system is perfect, but every western nation with UHC has a longer life expectency than the US... How could it be as bad as you claim if every other nation is out living us?????

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But, CK, I'm curious to have your thoughts on this...
Question: Should the government REQUIRE that every citizen be
signed up for a health care plan (whether their own, or a gov't
sponsored plan) ?
No citizen should have to worry about any plan... It should be a birth right... If you are born in the US, you have access to the same hospitals and procedures that the president and Bill Gates have access to...
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