With the repealing of Obamacare by Republicans, which was already a watered down compromise thanks to free enterprise loving conservatives, it will now leave 20 million Americans without coverage.
Republicans love to extol free-market capitalism and will apply it everywhere. Sure you can have access to great health care in the United States; you simply need to be able to pay for it. So if you are one of those blue collar coal miners who lost their job you are fresh out of luck if you need a colonoscopy because you might just have to declare bankruptcy to get it.
When I had my carotid artery dissection which led to my stroke I was in the Montreal General Hospital intensive care unit for 10 days and it cost me nothing. My taxes took care of that and while you may be triaged in an emergency room and need to wait a few hours those of us who represent true emergencies go to the front of the line. This is the way things should be.
I heard recently on CBC radio that parents were bringing their sick children to hospitals over this past Christmas break that should have stayed home and given cough syrup instead. But you can bet that someone truly in need would be seen right away.
Both times I have been in emergency situations (my stroke and my kidney stone attack) I was looked after within a reasonable amount of time and the only cost was a $600 bill for the ambulance I called.
I don’t understand why health care needs to be a luxury instead of a human right. I am not talking about elective surgery but instead lifesaving treatments that prevent needless deaths.
The only G20 country that still does not have adequate coverage for its citizens is the United States of America and under the current administration that is not about to change since Republicans have an aversion to any form of social assistance.
Call me crazy but I think that for profit healthcare is immoral and here big Pharma and the insurance companies conspire to make sure that coverage leans towards the affluent under the guise of maintaining quality.
It looks like Bernie Sanders' dream will remain a pipe dream.