Don’t let them tell you there’s a monster under your bed

Jack Layton talks health care at Huffington Post.

No care for life-threatening conditions, no choice, exorbitant costs, bureaucrat control, poor outcomes — these are the bogeymen of the right-wing smear campaign. And like all bogeymen, once you look under the bed they don’t exist.

Our system does have flaws. We need better prescription drug coverage, better remote access to care and better practices in hospitals and clinics. No honest advocate for our health care system would dismiss these things. But Canadian health care works — and works well.




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Don’t let them tell you there’s a monster under your bed

  1. "But Canadian health care works — and works well"

    especially for those with a vested political interest in maintaining the status quo, like the unions that fund and aide the NDP's provincial campaigns.

    • Why would unions have a vested political interest in maintaining universal health care? Don't most union workers tend to have pretty good supplemental health care plans from their employers? The interest group that has the most vested interest in maintaining universal health care are the CORPORATIONS who don't have to pay for all that health care for their employees that's currently paid for by the government. I don't see how unions have a particular interest one way or the other.

      • Unions would have a veste interest in keeping the status quo because liberalizing healthcare would result in smaller medical practices, and thus less union power and involvement.

  2. When the question is America vs. most any other industrialized nation, it's not even a "works well" that is the appropriate comparator (although i do think it's fairly obvious our system works well). The appropriate aspect is "far better than the Amercian system".

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