Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Michael Moore needs you


Michael Moore is looking for health care "horror stories" to feature in his upcoming "documentary" on the American health care system (he is not looking for success stories of course).

We're thinking Canadians can probably share a few horror stories to give the film a more global perspective.

Moore promises to personally read every submission. Tell him your story.

Feel free to leave your story in the comments.

4 comments:

Brian Cory said...

I was born in Canada, spent most of my life in the states, and moved back to Canada a few years ago. I'm also a healthcare worker and have worked in the medical field in both countries. Can't wait to hear how Michael Moore makes the Canadian system seem like paradise while running down the U.S. yet again. It always amazes me that everyone I meet here in Edmonton has this perception that nobody in the States except the extremly wealthy have any sort of healthcare and that millions are just dying in the streets for lack of healthcare coverage. Just for those of you who don't know...Healthcare in Canada is not free!! Canadian taxes are much higher to pay for this universal coverage that offers absolutely no coverage for prescription benefits. For perscriptions you need to do guess what...purchase a private insurance plan. Add to that the often rediculously long wait times to see a doctor, specialist, and then finally receive treatment or surgery (often measured in months or even years.) With the money I save on taxes alone in the states I could purchase a pretty suitable HMO or other healthcare plan that would also cover perscriptions and get me in for whatever treatment I needed in a much quicker time.

The good news is that many provinces are defying the Federal Govt here and opening private clinics. The bad news...people like Michael Moore and many of our Liberal politicians here are forever spreading misinformation so they can sell some more books or get a few votes by scaring the public and attempting to give the U.S a black eye.

Hopefully, the movie bombs at the box office, but that seems unlikely. The best we can hope for is Blogs, and other websites, like this one spreading the word about what a lying manipulative jackass Moore is and maybe when enough people get the message we can all start having an honest debate about the best ways to compromise and manage healthcare.

Sask.Taxpayers Federation said...

You are an American. You as a American are egocentric. In other words the whole world should bow down to you. Michael Moore is more in touch with reality than you are. I've been to the states a few times. There is a lot of poverty,your crime rates attest to that. The streets are not paved with gold. Most private insurers cut you off if you're terminally sick. That is a fact. I believe in the facts not American B.S. at which you've had alot of practice.

Brian Cory said...

Re: "You are an American. You as a American are egocentric. In other words the whole world should bow down to you."

If you had bothered to read my comment you would have seen that I was born in Canada and have lived here many years. I am a Canadian citizen and am proud of my country and its people (excluding you.)

Next, you comment:
"I've been to the states a few times. There is a lot of poverty,your crime rates attest to that."

This was supposed to be a discussion on healthcare, not U.S. poverty and crime rates based solely on your vast expertise from having visited the country a few times and watching the latest liberal ad on t.v. Just so you know, according to UN statistics on overall crime per 100,000 people, Canada's crime rate is considerably higher than that of the U.S.

Finally:

"Most private insurers cut you off if you're terminally sick. That is a fact."

Where did you get that fact? Did you learn it on one of your many visits to the States? Or maybe you picked it up while you were having coffee with Jack Layton and Michael Moore discussing scare tactics for the next book/election.

I've seen hundreds of terminally ill patients over the years while working at hospitals in the States and never once were any of them "cut off" because they were dying.

I'm not suggesting scrapping Canada's healthcare system and modelling it after the U.S. They have plenty of problems with their system. However, if someone wants to pay for a private insurance carrier, and as a result I can get my MRI, treatment, or surgery that much quicker because they are no longer ahead of me in line, then I'm all in favor of that.

Anonymous said...

So you must be a lobbiest for the insurance industry ?

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