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Comment by Jas Brimstone on November 19, 2010 at 3:43pm
Just to bring back the (semi) humorous, but still remain on topic. In reference to the second half of Aaron's post below:

Q: What do you call the guy who graduated medical school at the bottom of his class?



A: Doctor.
Comment by Brianna Starfish on November 19, 2010 at 2:46pm
@ Joseph P: I think you missed what I wrote. I don't live in a country which has private healthcare, or that is governed by Obama.

@Aaron: I live in Alberta. I live in what is technically a "city" with 54, 000ish people, but we only have one tiny hospital. There was one instance where I really should've been hospitalized (even the doctors said that. I won't go in to detail what it was about), but they kept me in the E.R. for a couple hours, bandaged me up, and sent me home, because they didn't have any beds. Another time I had a seizure so I went to the hospital, and they were going to send me home again, but then I puked all over their floor, so they made me stay and do some tests. Turns out I had a pretty serious infection. I had been going to the clinic (because there were no doctors accepting patients at that time) for months about some stomach pains I had been having, and I recieved no help for my stomach pains until I had said seizure as a result.
Comment by Aaron S. (USA) on November 19, 2010 at 2:15pm
@Brianna:
Where in Canada do you live, exactly? From what I've heard, a major problem specific to Canadian healthcare is that there are so many huge swathes of your territory that are so low density that some expensive equipment isn't justified (since it might only service a few dozen or hundred people) or that small hospitals can get occasionally swamped due to statistical fluctuations in need. Issues like that don't occur as often in more dense areas because you get a more consistent flow of traffic and because a multi-million dollar piece of equipment can be used to satisfy the needs of a much larger population.

Also, I think it's important to bear in mind that Canada spends only a tiny fraction on healthcare compared to what America spends. If your country doubled its spending, you'd probably be able to get better care (although it should be noted that Canada *does* still get better care than the USA, even on its lower budget).

@Riomarcos:
You could probably do that, at least to a degree - Britain, for example, has free public healthcare, but also allows private convenience care clinics for those that are willing to spend a little extra to skip through the waiting lists. One issue to bear in mind, however, is that when you mix public and private systems, the private systems tend to skip the cream of the crop while the public system takes the underachievers because the public system just is that - public - and has to take everyone regardless of their qualifications. So, at bare minimum you'd have to require that *everyone* pay for the public option whether they use it or not, which in the USA is going to get a whole lot of gripes. In practice, Americans tend not to be able to get public mandates through the legislative process, so the public alternatives' funding dries up until the system has to be canceled, and then you're left with a system that works if you're rich, and no system at all (or at least a poorly-functioning one) if you're poor.

So, it'd be nice to get a mix of the two, but it's very difficult to get most Americans to pay for something that they don't intend to use, and most Americans don't intend to use a public healthcare system (despite that fact that virtually every country that uses one gets better healthcare for less money...).
Comment by Joseph P on November 19, 2010 at 2:11pm
Obama isn't trying to take away your private healthcare, Brianna.
Comment by Brianna Starfish on November 19, 2010 at 2:00pm
I think that could work. My problem is that I have a lot of health problems, so I'd like the kind of attention I'd get with private healthcare, but I can see it costing way too much for me for my medication and the amount I have to see a doctor!!
Comment by Brianna Starfish on November 19, 2010 at 1:39pm
I don't think teabaggers are really against public healthcare for that reason. I think they just want to keep government out of health care. Think about it - in the offchance that Sarah Palin wins the election, is that someone you'd really want in charge of your hospitals?
As someone in a country with public healthcare, I'm not really for it. I'm not against people having the privilege (not a right, I don't think that would be the correct word to use in this situation) of seeing a doctor when they are sick, don't get that idea. I'm just tired of having to book doctor's appointments weeks in advance, or waiting for up to 5 hours (yes I've waited that long) at a clinic when I DID need to see a doctor that day, or not getting the care I think people deserve because patients are always rushed through. I don't think healthcare should be free for everyone, but I definitely think it shouldn't cost as much as I hear it does in the states to see a doctor.
Comment by Susan Stanko on November 19, 2010 at 12:45pm
Where did you get this.
Comment by sk8eycat on November 19, 2010 at 11:59am
This isn't really funny, nor atheist/agnostic, but I don't know where else to post it...and it IS true...

Message to the Tea Party - What took you so long to get angry?

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq .

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when Bush rang up10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn't get mad when Federal regulators looked the other way while banks and Wall Street reaped billions writing faulty mortgages, short-sold the debt and even wagered that the debts would fail.

You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

No.....You finally got mad

When a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.
Comment by Mr. Apostate on November 19, 2010 at 6:09am

Comment by david perry on November 18, 2010 at 5:24pm
This one is a hoot and a half.
 

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