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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The US Olympic Hockey Team beats Canada!

 
 

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22 Comments:

At Wed Feb 24, 08:21:00 AM, Blogger Teresita said...

Yeah, Canada has health care, that's why in America you bump your head you can go to the emergency room and get an MRI, but in Canada you have to fly to Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami to get one in your lifetime. All the worst dictators are, as Neil Diamond sang, Coming to America to get their quadruple bypass surgery. Dick Cheney had five "near death experiences" and is still alive, maybe that's the real reason Obama wants to "reform" the best HC system in the world.

 
At Wed Feb 24, 12:32:00 PM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

Just don't ask me to cast the deciding vote on the public option if a no vote guarantees a Browns' victory in the Super Bowl.

 
At Thu Feb 25, 06:52:00 AM, OpenID wok3 said...

Oh yes, our healthcare is the best there is - as long as you think coming in 37th in the world is good. Well I suppose it is good, providing you are wealthy enough, and for those orchestrating the fight against reform, their wealth is all that matters.

 
At Thu Feb 25, 09:29:00 AM, Blogger JustJoeP said...

"Best Health Care System In the World" - LOL! Sure, if you have the money. Otherwise, F.U.!

Teresita, it's the "best medical care that money can buy" certainly. It's NOT a national health care system, it' a private insurance profit making enterprise. Don't confuse the two. The US has NO "health care" system other than medicare and medicaid, and Republicians want to gut those as well - yes, Wellpoint would love to insure an 85 year old with diabetes and high blood pressure. The rates would be very reasonable!

 
At Thu Feb 25, 11:27:00 PM, Blogger SadButTrue said...

Teresita, I live in Canada and actually know something about how things work here. You know nothing, but criticize based on the lies you hear on FOX "news." Change the channel hon, and get a grip on reality. You're free to have your uninformed opinion, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to accept it as anything other than pure tripe.

 
At Fri Feb 26, 12:07:00 AM, Blogger Dhalgren said...

Teresita, you have no clue what you are talking about. London, Toronto, and Montreal have world-class hospitals with MRIs, proton beams, and a whole lot of great technology available to all Canadian citizens. You should be envying Canada. I do.

 
At Fri Feb 26, 12:17:00 AM, Blogger Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

All the worst dictators are, as Neil Diamond sang, Coming to America to get their quadruple bypass surgery. Dick Cheney had five "near death experiences" and is still alive, maybe that's the real reason Obama wants to "reform" the best HC system in the world.

Hilarious juxtaposition here!

 
At Fri Feb 26, 06:57:00 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Dick Cheney is a poor choice to make your point. HE HAS GOVERNMENT PAID HEALTH CARE! Duh.

Why don't you want to talk about the mother whose child dies while traveling past the 'for profit' hospitals to find one that will accept a limited number of poor cases?

 
At Fri Feb 26, 07:56:00 AM, Blogger A Hermit said...

Teresita said...
"Yeah, Canada has health care, that's why in America you bump your head you can go to the emergency room and get an MRI, but in Canada you have to fly to Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami to get one in your lifetime"

You wouldn't be referring to Danny "millions", premier of Newfoundland who recently went to Florida for heart surgery, would you?

Turns out poor Danny could have the exact same procedure here in Canada, where his public health insurance would have paid for it.

Someone gave Danny bad advice...

"The minimally invasive mitral valve surgery he needed is not available in Newfoundland, he told his province's NTV News channel in the first part of an interview aired last night.

"Did some checking, of course, and what was ultimately done to me, the surgery I eventually got ... was not offered to me in Canada," he said.

But it is available in his home country, a point that cardiologists fervently made last night.

"It's his body, it's his money, hopefully, but don't tell us the operation cannot be done here. It can be done," said Arvind Koshal, director of cardiac surgery at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton.

Some of the best mitral valve surgeons are in Toronto and Montreal, he said, noting that some even use robots, commonly employed in minimally invasive surgery. The wait times for cardiac surgery in Canada are relatively short, he added, saying such surgery could have been done within weeks.

 
At Fri Feb 26, 10:41:00 AM, Blogger neo said...

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At Fri Feb 26, 10:52:00 AM, Blogger neo said...

Teresita. You're a MORON. I have come to the conclusion that people that are in denial about the healthcare debate just don't want to get it.

The problem is not that healthcare in the US is bad on the contrary. Healthcare is quite good if you can get it. That's why we rank 37th in the world.

Teresita, you here have to really ask yourself what value do Insurance companies really bring to the table? They're not the ones that provide the care. They decide what you should pay and if you should get any healthcare at all. How hard is that to understand?

Their function is as a payroll service. So why can't we have a non-profit pay service that focuses on just paying out to the healthcare givers. Instead of jacking up prices.

The notion that these insurance companies actually bring any kind of value to the process is a misguided smokescreen that some on the right have fallen for hook line and sinker. This happens because of their lack of critical thinking.

Your grand stupidity is allowing these "insurance companies" rape and pillage this country into ruin.

Insurance companies do not provide any of the care or science in healthcare. What is it that people like you can't grasp the simplicity of this.

You have to be mentally deficient to not get it.

Here we have a country that doesn't bat an eye when we spend trillions of dollars in defense annually with close to 800 military bases around the world and a few assholes from Saudi Arabia with box cutters managed to get through the massive trillion dollar defense system and yet we can't provide single payer healthcare that would cost one tenth of what we spend on weapons and defense. WTF?

 
At Fri Feb 26, 12:00:00 PM, Blogger Serious Femme said...

Another jackass, with no understanding of my country, its people or its systems, speaks.

In Canada, everyone is a citizen, not just those who can afford to be. You, Mr. Ape Man are a ROMAN, not an American. You are the disease and you are the reason your country is in the CRAPPER.

Truly, Third World. Congrats.

 
At Fri Feb 26, 12:25:00 PM, Blogger Kevl said...

My wife worked in ICU at a large Childrens Hospital here in Canada. They cared for a child for over 9 months who was from the US and who's parents were not insured. The child had a recurring problem which the parents could not afford to treat. The parents were advised by their doctor in the US to take a vacation to Canada while symptoms progressed. They were basically told to go get health care here.

If you as Americans think you have the "Best care in the world" I think that is great. But at least look after your own poor people instead of asking others to do it like you are some poor third world country.

I like the way the US runs their system because every study I have seen indicates that health care costs are a burden to businesses, and make competing with american companies easier.

 
At Fri Feb 26, 05:04:00 PM, Blogger Katie said...

If you think our healthcare system is working check out this link (sorry don't know any other way to post it, just cut and paste.)

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/02/25/tom-k-working-insurance-nightmare-why-we-need-a-better-system/?icid=main|main|dl6|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsdaily.com%2F2010%2F02%2F25%2Ftom-k-working-insurance-nightmare-why-we-need-a-better-system%2F

I have a friend who's daughters moved to Canada, She raves about the health care they have here. In our country insurance companies are looking to profit from other peoples misfortune.

 
At Fri Feb 26, 07:28:00 PM, Blogger Julian said...

Hey Teresita,

The truth is that Dick Cheney has been dead for years. They just keep him in the fridge and when they need him they drag him out, zap him with a few volts and wheel him around Weekend at Bernie's style.

It must be true - I saw it on FOX.

 
At Fri Feb 26, 11:26:00 PM, Blogger sparkchaser said...

Teresita, I have two words for you brain transplant get one.

 
At Sat Feb 27, 12:24:00 AM, Blogger Teresita said...

Doc Zaius, I won't hold you accountable for your guest's behavior, but I won't be coming around anymore either.

 
At Sat Feb 27, 08:16:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Teresita: I would disagree with you, but this link explains my position far better than I possibly could in this limited format.

Randal Graves: You certainly seem to have your priorities figured out. ;o)

Wok3: I agree! wealth is indeed all that matters. (That, and chocolate cake of course.) ;o)

JustJoeP: We do have the best health care system in the world... but only for the wealthiest patients! ;o)

SadButTrue: I don't really like pure tripe. My tripe is usually watered down a bit. ;o)

Dhalgren: The problem with proton beams is that they usually make marks on the linoleum. ;o)

Big Bad Bald Bastard: I am proud to be an American that can't afford health insurance in a country that caters to the health care needs of the worst dictators, like Dick Cheney! ;o)

Dave: Good point. :o(

A Hermit: Robots!?!?? I live in constant fear of killer robots from the future! ;o)

neo: "Here we have a country that doesn't bat an eye when we spend trillions of dollars in defense annually with close to 800 military bases around the world and a few assholes from Saudi Arabia with box cutters managed to get through the massive trillion dollar defense system and yet we can't provide single payer healthcare that would cost one tenth of what we spend on weapons and defense."

That is the tragedy. :o(

Serious Femme: Roman? I'm a simian! However, it is interesting that the header on your blog states:"If you can't stand the rhetoric, back the fuck away from the soapbox. Thank you." ;o)

Kevl: Health care in the US is indeed a burden to American businesses, making it easier for foreign companies to compete with us. :o)

Katie: That's a great link! :o)

Julian: If that's true, then Cheney is sure an unhealthy looking corpse. ;o)

sparkchaser: I love brains! ;o)

Teresita: My apologies for the dogpile, Teresita, but you did kind of step into this one of your own accord. People, myself included, feel very strongly about this issue. :o(

 
At Sat Feb 27, 10:19:00 AM, Blogger ShariYS said...

Dr. Zaius, I need make no comment since the vast majority of your well-informed readers said everything I was thinking. Thank you!

 
At Sat Feb 27, 11:06:00 AM, Blogger Smokey said...

Maybe Danny "millions" from Newfoundland was paid by the Republican 'fear & smear' machine to come to America for hc & then to put the fear into us and smear hc reform. (The machine could have paid for the public option with all of their negative ads).Gawd, I love a good conspiracy theory.

Thanks everyone. I have been depressed about living in a country where even the Democrats I voted for drag their feet and make a mockery of hc reform. I hope they haven't watered it down so much that it is ineffective. All of your comments have lightened my heart. I may not have to immigrate to Canada after all.

 
At Sat Feb 27, 12:06:00 PM, Blogger fitih said...

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At Sat Feb 27, 12:47:00 PM, Blogger fitih said...

I really dont think canada(of all) or EU countries should brag about their health care systems. They still have to deal with a lot of issues it is not B&W. I am an international student studying bioethics in 3 universities in europe and we have a classmate from ca and the states. The best techno and Rx is undeniably from the states! Besides, countries like holland(NL) use pvt insurance system though they trust their govt very much and it protects the people from abuse..i must say it is well regulated.There are ups and downs and dont forget the ethical debates going on in europe.
LOL...the comment abt flying to Mt S for an MRI is the best(and is kinda true cause they do to get the best care) and i also know that americans can go to canada and get basic care if they want :))

 

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