How Canada Got its Universal Healthcare

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I'm an American currently living in Canada. Recently, I was talking to my husband about the shitshow that is American healthcare, and someone got to asking: how DID Canada get singlepayer passed? It's not like settlers came to the great white north, stuck a flag in the ground, and declared that every human being in this new country should have free access to a doctor. That definitely came later.

My husband didn't know. He was actually shocked that he didn't know. Well, long story short, we did a bunch of research, and here's one of the articles we came up with.

The TLDR version is that Saskatchewan implemented universal healthcare first, and the rest of the country very quickly followed suit when it saw how good universal healthcare was. But guys, getting that first province was a BITTER BATTLE. We were both stunned to find out that it's described as having nearly come to civil war over the issue. Doctors in the province went on strike for 23 days. If you do not understand the magnitude of medical professionals going on strike for 23 days, I'm going to assume that you have never had so much as a broken bone.

All of this was AFTER a government friendly to the idea was specifically elected on its platform of implementing universal healthcare.

The important takeaway here is that other countries HAVE transitioned to universal healthcare, and if the US wants to follow suit, it helps to a) know how they did it and b) be prepared for the sheer misery it will require to get it done. California IS our best bet for a tipping point, but as usual, the legislature is captured by special interests that will fight tooth and nail against the idea. The nurses' union plays the role of the doctors here, but as active as they have been, they may not yet have gone far enough, if Saskatchewan is anything to go by.

P.S. Yes, I am now covered under Canadian healthcare, and yes, it is exactly as amazing as it sounds. Anyone who says that universal healthcare is a weird unicorn pipedream is bullshitting you, because it's real, it works, and it is objectively better in every way to the shitshow that I endured while I was living in the USA.

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How Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic Socialists should talk about healthcare

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Ocasio-Cortez doing a pretty good job of taking down the straw-man socialism slur.

This is what I think she should say about healthcare:

  • Obamacare has mostly been a failure. Who’s paying a lot more this year than last year? Why? Because Obamacare did very little to control the cost increases of providing healthcare.

  • The rest of the modern developed world has already figured out how to do healthcare. Finland, Germany, Japan, France, Singapore, etc. Even the president said that the “Australian healthcare system is terrific”. And guess what they have? Yes they all aren’t perfect, but the citizens of France, Japan, and the others would agree that are way ahead of what we have in America.

  • The good news is that we already have this in place right now, and it’s called Medicare. Seniors are already covered by Medicare, and they are very happy with it. Just ask your parents or grand parents. All we want to do is remove the minimum age of 65.

  • And we need to debunk a few myths, with the first being that the Medicare for All supporters want to get rid private insurance like Blue Cross. Absolutely not. We want to offer Medicare as an option, just the way that seniors have it today. But United Health and Aetna don’t want to compete because they will know they will lose scores of customers.

  • Republicans, and even some Democrats, love to spread the idea that people from Canada and Europe flock to the US for treatment. But that is a myth spread by lobbyists of United Health and Pfizer. Just ask any European or Canadian if they would prefer to switch to our system, or to keep what they have.

  • And then there’s the myth that Medicare for all would be too expensive. Medicare has always been covering seniors, so of course it will be costly per person. But on the flip side, think about if businesses didn’t have to pay for the health insurance for their employees. Imagine how many more employees they could hire.

If the rest of the developed world has already figured it out, why can’t we get into that club?

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Republicans position on healthcare: “It’s not about caring.”

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I don't know why this didn't go viral. It fucking blew my mind when he said on that television. It still does. It should be everywhere. "It's not about caring." That is the quintessential Republican statement.

Lindsey Graham last fall on the CNN debate outright saying that healthcare "is not about caring." THAT is the Republican view of healthcare.

You can see the look on his face that he knows its wrong.

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