Canada‘s health plan
Americans are being warned about the horrors of the Canadian health care system, a single payer system much like the bill which has been introduced by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Medicare for All Bill, HR676. I once had an opportunity to look into this myself.
During two Elderhostel programs in the Canadian Maritimes, in two different towns in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, attended by about 60 people, mostly Canadians, I decided to sit down and talk with them at our shared meals to learn about their health care system.
They were unanimously -- as I recall-- enthusiastic about their system. Of course, they had usual gripes and complaints, but certainly wouldnt trade for our system.
Finally, I sat down with what one might call an old curmudgeon and asked him how he liked his healthcare.
He said: I dont want to talk about it.
So I said that I really had no axe to grind and just wanted to know just how they felt about the system.
He replied: I really dont want to talk about it.
Being a little frustrated after good conversations with other members of the groups, I said to him: Well, then, can you tell me why you dont want to talk about it.
He said: Well, Ill tell you why....
Every time I tell an American that we like our health care system, he doesnt believe me.
Who has the problem?
No Canadian is without healthcare. 46 million Americans are.
Our cost is the highest. We rank 37th in healthcare performance in the world.
Briefly, Canadians cant understand how we can still put up with the costs and abuses of our so called system here in the States. They believe that good healthcare is implied by inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Robert E. Marshall Lake Leelanau
We need health reform
Is a public option the same as socialized medicine? Does the United States need health care reform or are we better off continuing on the same path we are on?
The airwaves are full of ads trying to convince us that healthcare reform will be far too expensive. However, none of those predictions considers what price we will pay if we continue on the same path we are on. None of those predictions reports the huge salaries of pharmaceutical and insurance CEOs. The Congressional Budget Office projects that our annual health costs will soar to about $13,000 per person in 2017 while the number of uninsured will climb to 54 million by 2019.
Health care in the United States is the most expensive of any industrialized nation, yet our rank of efficient and effective care ranks 37th. It is not only those without health insurance who suffer; many with policies do not get the coverage they need and are not able to pay the additional costs for their care. Medical costs are the most frequent cause of bankruptcies in our country.
Come to a forum on Aug. 12, Mancelona High School, 7 p.m., and get your questions answered.
Lou Ann McKimmy Rapid City
Senators paid off?
Senators who signed a letter to President Obama opposing public health plan took $17.7 million in campaign cash from the healthcare/insurance industry. Those senators are Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Jim Bunning (R-KY), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Ensign (R-NV), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and John Cornyn (R-TX).
All nine senators are members of the Senate Finance Committee actively engaged in debating health care reform. This information is found on www.campaignmoney.org
Every day the health industry pays lobbyists $1.4 million to prevent a public health care plan. Your higher premiums equal their higher profits!
Beverly Christensen Cedar
Winds of controversy
As a Northern Michigan property owner who lived off-grid for over eight years using a wind generator, I was interested in the vertical-axis wind turbines. I went to several people who have installed them and received nothing but negative reports including:
1. They are very expensive.
2. They product very little electrical power compared to blade wind generators for the same price.
3. The power companies required that they buy new electrical meters and install add-on protections at the owners expense.
One owner told me that they had advised over 20 people who stopped by asking information that they were a rip-off!. Added, for the same cost you can install a regular unit that produces two-and-a-half times the power. If installed correctly and in the right location, the pay-back on these machines is under 10 years.
Micheal Cromley Afton
Time to help each other
This letter is in response to the “Manufacturing meltdown“ letter in the 7/20 edition. It is eye-opening to see that some other people have enough awareness to see what Ive considered disturbing for years.
Barbara Bernier hit the nail on the head on two points: We as a nation cannot blame any single person in office, past or present for this countrys woes. Although some sure have contributed through questionable policy decisions.
Also, it was inevitable that the long-standing trend, fueled by greed, of outsourcing jobs would lead to dire consequences.
The evidence is all around us. As these U.S. companies have fueled their bottom line/luxury lifestyles how could they expect us as U.S. citizens to have the incomes to buy their products once they reached our shores?
Try watching the movie Bordertown, which is a real eye-opener, in which we also see the effects of cheap labor to humans in other countries. Think about what the workers portrayed endure the next time you walk into a U.S. electronics store and are inundated with the array of high-tech products. And come on, who really needs a damn 65-inch television anyway?
Let‘s open our eyes, get off our tails (prime-time TV has gone down the tubes anyway), and lets pull together to help each other out of this debacle.
Michelle Beckstrom TC
Photos of the TC Wolves in a recent issue were incorrectly accredited. Credit for the photos should go to Cherry Creek Studios.
Attorney Gerald Chefalo, who was incorrectly identified in a Northern Seen photo last week. Actually, that was associate attorney Matthew Feil. Apologies to both.
Also, Robert Downes blew it with the Random Thoughts idea of inviting past GM President Roger Smith to the Film Festival showing of “Roger & Me.“ Smith died two years ago.