Monday, June 18, 2012

Two-tier health care is here 

The Harper Cons have taken the first steps toward dismantling medicare for everyone by classifying refugees as "second-tier" people who aren't going to get the same kind of health care everyone else can get.
And if they get away with it, what's to stop them from doing it again?
How about immigrants next, and then families of immigrants, because they haven't paid enough taxes yet. Then for people who are unemployed, because they're not paying enough taxes. Then for people who are employed, because they can buy their own health insurance. They'll always be able to find another "good" reason to cut people off medicare.
One thing we always have to remember is this: politicians HATE medicare -- they hate having to spend so much money without having any control over it, without being able to cut any ribbons or send out any press releases. They hate that Canadians take it for granted, and we aren't grateful to government anymore for it, we just complain about it to the politicians.

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One of the reasons the Libs are in the dustbin is because of these kinds of arguements.

Many Canadians do not have access to the healthcare they deserve. It has been this way for decades.

The single biggest threat to healthcare in the last 20 yrs was the Liberal cuts to transfer payments to the provinces.

Healthcare is complex. It requires more debate than the tired fear of the two-tiered system.

The future of healthcare in Canada will continue to be debated and hopefully without the deadwood of the Liberal party of Canada.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:41 pm  

Right, voters have moved to the NDP because of the NDP's support for two-tiered healthcare.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:45 pm  

Right...those Liberal cuts to the provinces were necessary to bring Canada back from the brink of bankruptcy from CON rule under Mulroney. Which funds were given back to the provinces plus much more late 1900s. We will again survive the destruction of these CONS and Liberals will once again save health care for Canadians.... just like they saved banking and housing for Canadians.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:35 pm  

And what does any of that have to do with your laughable claim that voters have left the Liberals due to (such positions as) opposition to two-tiered healthcare?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:57 pm  

The 'brink of bankruptcy' for Canada was, in fact, reached due to an irresponsible, deliberate spending spree by Pierre Trudeau (remember "I'm going to spend my way out of the recession"?). Brian Mulroney was the guy who brought in the two policies vociferously *opposed* by the Liberal which actually pulled us back from that brink: the GST and the Free Trade Agreement.

(why does the left always try to rewrite history? Do they really think no one will notice?)

As for 'two-tiered' health care, we've had that for decades now...and not just in Quebec (with those famous private clinics that everyone pretended didn't exist). Police, firefighters, soldiers, government employees, etc all across Canada receive preferential treatment when they get injured on the job, as do employees of *all* companies here in BC (Worker's Comp)...and I can go any time I want for a private MRI or ultrasound scan if I'm willing to pay a few hundred dollars.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:14 pm  

There have been a multitude of Doctors say, how much more efficient health care could be. There is no excuse for the cost of pharmacy drugs in Canada. They are outrageous, but they are also big business, and big businesses in Canada are permitted to rip us off. People can save up to 70% by shopping in the U.S. for everything from food, clothing and everything else. There are actually country's that have health care, that really works. Canada is such a cesspool of corruption, nothing works. The salary's of Administrators, are obscene. Out and out damned theft.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:49 pm  

And what does any of that have to do with your laughable claim that voters have left the Liberals due to (such positions as) opposition to two-tiered healthcare?

Why would it cause them to switch to a party which also supports healthcare for refugees?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:04 pm  

You can laugh if you want but there can be no denying voters have left.

They haven't left specifically because of the Libs hypocrisy on healthcare. They have left though, in small part because the Libs deny that 2 tier health care exists and does exist because of Lib gov't policy.

I am all ears though. If you have a better reason why Canadian voters from all demographics have abandoned the Lib party I'd like to hear it.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:01 am  

cutting health care to refugees is not cost effective. Without medical coverage they will become so ill, they will report to the local hospital which, under law will have to provide care. Which costs more: a week in a hospital or medical coverage so people can see a dr.?

Cutting medical coverage to refugees claimants has less to do with medical care & more to do with refugees. Stevie slime & his slimers don't want refugees. They only want workers from other countries on temporary work permits so they can pay them less, ensure they don't join unions, do not participate in Canadian society, & leave before their usefullness ends--i.e. have to pay pensions.

By Anonymous e.a.f., at 5:54 pm  

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