Look to Canada for The Ghost of Obamacare Yet to Come
Lorne Gunter, writing at Canada's London Free Press, describes one absurdity of Canada's universal health care system: the criminalization of providing for your own needs. Think of it as end-stage Obamacare.
Canada's prohibition against buying private medical insurance is unconscionable in a democracy. Health care is a legal product. Why then is it illegal for Canadians to spend their own after-tax dollars to buy insurance for faster or better care than the government-run health monopoly is able to provide?
A quick thumb through any Marxist reader provides the answer: achieving utopia requires "equality," which in leftist practice means conformity and uniformity. Better failing public schools for all than some good schools benefiting a few (while not incidentally embarrassing the administrators responsible for the many). Similarly, universally poor "coverage" is preferred to the timely delivery of medical care to some of those in need.
Think I overstate the case? Consider the plight of two Albertans who recently filed suit to overturn Canada's ban on private health insurance:
Both Allen and Cross (the two patients who will serve as test cases) suffered from severe back pain that kept them from working. Both were confined to bed or the floor while awake and both were informed it would take a year or more to see a specialist for tests to determine whether they were candidates for surgery and another year for surgery if they were deemed worthy. Unwilling to suffer that long and to be absent from their lives for years, both men opted for surgery in the United States and both were denied reimbursement for their costs by Alberta's Out-of-Country Health Services Committee.
So it is possible to achieve universal healthcare coverage while "bending the cost curve." You are bound to like the result, provided God grants you robust good health in perpetuity. And the system is so fair and equitable, so uniformly bureaucratic and unfeeling, that it seems churlish not to rush headlong into implementing President Obama's version in the US.
You can see what a gerbil wheel we Canadians are on: We are required to get care from our bureaucratic provincial health monopolies, which often are incapable of providing us with the new hips or heart valves or cancer treatments we need. But rather than face the fact that universal health care is not the warm, fuzzy ideal we are told it is, our politicians would rather see us die on waiting lists-- or at the very least suffer reduced quality of life for years and years until our top-heavy health administrations eventually grind out some sort of relief long after the medically desirable due date.
The next time a liberal starts expounding on the delights of "equality" and "fairness," you may wish to probe a bit. Definitions matter.