During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama began peddling his national healthcare system. On more than one occasion, he pointed to Canada and the United Kingdom as examples of a workable national healthcare system.
When I first heard him point to them, I instantly thought of Rachel, a work acquaintance who lived and worked in the United Kingdom. She was experiencing abdominal pains and having problems eating for months before England’s National Health Service doctors finally diagnosed the problem to be her gall bladder. The doctor said it needed to be removed. However, from the time they wrote the order to remove her gall bladder to the time it was finally removed was 7 long excruciating months. If you’ve ever had gall bladder problems, you will know just how painful and sometimes debilitating it can be but it took England’s National Health Service system 7 months to wade through the red tape, approvals, scheduling, etc.
I don’t know about you, but that’s not an example of a workable healthcare system that I would point to.
Since that time, the United Kingdom’s NHS has been steadily cutting more and more covered services or how much they will pay out for services that are covered. The same is true in Canada, only some are blaming the push for green energy for the cuts to Canada’s national healthcare system.
One concerned Canadian, Vance Petersen wrote to the Windsor Star, pointing the finger at green energy for what’s happening to Canadian Health Care. His letter reads in part:
“Faced with ever-increasing hydro rates, local hospital administrators are forced to axe key positions and beds to bring the dollars being spent in balance with the dollars being given.”
Being on a fixed income, I do not want to see another round of tax increases. But at the same time, I would like to think that when the time arises when I need medical attention, my needs will be properly addressed.”
“So, the question becomes how do we increase dollars to the health care sector without increasing taxes?”
“Answer: stop spending ridiculous amounts of limited resources (my money) on environmental life support programs like the $14000 grant program for buyers of hybrid cars, the millions being budgeted for electrical charging stations and clawing back all of the billions wasted on the Green Energy Act.”
Does this sound familiar here in the United States?
Since Obamacare’s onset, we’ve already seen a number of doctors, medical clinics and hospitals have cut services and turn away Medicare and Medicaid patients. Some doctors closed their private business and either joined a group or left the medical field because of the costs of Obamacare. A growing number of doctors have been reporting doing more work for less pay due to Obamacare. Worse yet is the growing number of health insurance carriers that are dropping policies and others dropping Obamacare coverage all together. And through it all, premiums and medical costs for Americans continue to climb. Obama promised states that the federal government would cover the costs of expanding Medicaid, but have failed to do so, adding to the financial burden on many states.
The bottom line is that Americans are paying more for less medical coverage and care. Worse yet is that there isn’t enough funding to pay what little Obamacare covers.
Yet Obama continues to throw billions of taxpayer dollars into one failed green energy company after another:
The American people need to wake up to reality. Obama pointed to Canada as a good example of national healthcare, but Canadians are saying it’s failing, costing more for less and that part of the problem is the priority of green energy over the health of the people. And yes, Obama was right to point to Canada because the same thing is already starting to happen here in the US. The only real difference between Canada and America is that it took Canada a number of years for their system to start failing whereas Obamacare was already failing before it was ever signed into law.