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Recent Studies Show Canadian Healthcare is Far From Free and Not Getting Better

Cost and Long Wait Times are Driving Canadians Out of the Country for Medical Care- Primarily the U.S.
 

While Bernie Sanders Socialist dream is imploding economically in Venezuela into tyranny that doesn’t even faze the Bern.

After their recent election, censured by the U.S. and neighboring nations as a sham, Maduro, now a virtual dictator, illegally jailed two major opposition leaders the day after the election results. Shortly thereafter, as part of a decision involving the executive branch’s authority over oil ventures, the court declared that henceforth the judicial branch would execute all powers normally reserved for the legislature.

As with all socialist schemes, they begin with idealistic dreams of an egalitarian society of equality but ultimately degenerate into the tyranny of a minority of selected elites dominating the majority through the coercive legalized force of an authoritarian government. Freedom for the people disappears in the mix, replaced by tyranny and poverty.

Ignore Reality and Feel the Bern

 

That doesn’t stop Bernie from pushing failed socialist idyllic dreams however. He fails to acknowledge any failure of the socialist ideology, along with a gaggle of other foolish Democrat politicians. He and his buds continue to push failing dreams. One has to wonder if they are not more interested in the power to the political ruling elite that socialist ideologies always produce rather than the actual impact on the people whose interests socialism claims to represent.

Notwithstanding the realities of the system he pushes, his tune never alters a whit. He either simply does not read or practices selective awareness seeing only what he agrees with and nothing else.

Now, he is calling for single payer health care as a solution for the failing Obamacare. As though more government were the solution- NOT the problem, a laughable denial of reality as medical costs under more government continue to soar in our nation alone.

 

 

Reality in Single Payer Canada

 

Meanwhile, recent studies show rising costs in healthcare and inordinately long wait times are causing Canadians to seek healthcare elsewhere- mainly the U.S.

 

– Over 63,000 Canadians left the country for medical care elsewhere
– Services are being rationed
– Average Wait Time from referral to treatment is 20 weeks (5 months)
 

It gets worse.

 

– The average cost for a family of 2 adults and 2 children is $12,057 annually ($12,410 with one child- even more!)

– In typical Marxist transfer-the- wealth fashion if you are a top 10% earning family you pay way more- $38,123 annually!

As one of the co-author’s of the study Bacchus Barua, senior economist with the Fraser Institute’s Centre for Health Policy Studies put it

Health care in Canada isn’t free—Canadians actually pay a substantial amount for health care through their taxes, even if they don’t pay directly for medical services,

That’s what makes single payer healthcare appear free- it’s costs are hidden in taxes. Government simply raises taxes and premiums for everyone. The more income you earn, the more government sucks away without request. Those lower on the income scale see that as fair of course.

 

Legalized Plunder Scheme

Frederic Bastiat in his 1850 publication, The Law, correctly described the coercive theft of earned income by government from the citizens as “legalized plunder”.

The problem with that scheme arises from the sad reality that once plunder becomes legal, all men seeking the most benefit from the least amount of work, freely endorse any scheme which will promise them more plunder for no more work- if, in fact,  they are working at all.

Hence, it is no surprise that a younger generation conditioned to accept authority over themselves as normal and burdened by educational debt gratefully support a Marxist fool like Sanders who makes unrealistic promises of relief through the invisible arm of legalized plunder. Sanders naturally, was popular among the younger generation who are looking for short-term relief regardless of the long-term consequences.

Single payer healthcare is nothing more than yet another legalized plunder scheme. Like all of the single payer plans, such as the Canadian healthcare is doing now, it is destined to fail. It is simply a matter of time.

 

What About Our Healthcare?

Far from the claims of some, the U.S. is already mired in government controlled healthcare. We are not even remotely close to having a free market health care system.

Even before Obamacare, government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, (expanded under Obama to include more people even those not considered poor) were beginning to implode and continue to do so. Costs are continuing to grow as they have since the inception of Medicare and Medicaid.

Now, our healthcare, strained under regulatory government controls, is beginning to implode under Obamacare. Does it make sense to invite more government into what should be a private, market driven service with single payer healthcare.?

Instead of taking lessons from Canada’s system, along with Britain, Cuba, Russia, North Korea etc. Sanders and his ilk are calling for a better system of legalized plunder. Citizens who share his unproven idealism or benefit the most from legalized plunder heartily support him.

I, for one, want government out of our healthcare system. I call for repeal of Obamacare without replacement. Fact is, government as demonstrated historically, is a notoriously bad alternative to private markets. In free market healthcare, citizens would vote with their dollars for the healthcare services. Options will grow, even for the uninsured. Innovation will also grow as we have seen in the relatively free market technology industry as consumers get more bang for their buck.

It would not be an easy change, since any time you remove bird feeders, the birds get really angry, but IMHO it would save healthcare costs from sky rocketing and services to expand.

The birds however, profiting from legalized plunder or desiring to do so, won’t agree. They are, as always, seeking the most benefit from the least effort. “Put the bird feeders back up and fill them with more seed!”, is a cry that would fill the media- likely funded by dudes like Soros of course.

Access the full Canadian Healthcare report from the Fraser Institute here: http://bit.ly/2uin6Ws

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