The other day, I watched a short film about Canada’s healthcare system entitled “Dead Meat.”
The movie talks about the problems with the Canadian system and the long waiting lists. There is even one guy whose mother died waiting on a list after being bumped twice from surgery. And a mother of three who is waiting to die, I mean, waiting for an operation on what was a small brain tumor.
Anytime people that are opposed to universal healthcare programs bring this up, their concerns are dismissed without ever being addressed.
I know that this debate is mostly happening between two extremes – the free-market people and the government-program people – but that doesn’t mean that neither side should address the concerns of the other.
Okay, say you are a supporter of a single-payer system administered by the government and paid for with taxes, or whatever you propose. If you want to sell me on this idea you are going to have to explain to me your plan to avoid the waiting list problem because it is a real problem that exists in countries with the very same system of healthcare you are proposing.
It is not enough to dismiss me as a right-wing extremist, be that as it may. You are going to have to plan for this inevitable problem and offer a viable solution.
Pretending that the scenarios discussed in “Dead Meat” do not exist will not stop them from becoming America’s reality.
Those who do not learn from universal healthcare’s shortcomings are doomed to repeat them.