Alison - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 41 moms have responded )
As Obama racks up his campaign to fight inequality in this country we will begin to see the type of scare-tactics driven by Republican money to try to dismantle all that Obama and the Democrats are attempting to do. I was born and grew up in Scotland until I was 20. I lived in Canada for 17 years where I had three children and I certainly know both of these "socialized" systems very well. Despite what you may hear in the media over the next few months, believe me you will not hear one "Canadian" actor or "British" actor stand up and say that there are people in their country who cannot afford to see a doctor. Because this would be simply untrue. And is that not the point in this country? That many simply cannot afford to visit a doctor. As regards cost, a recent article in the Economist cited the US as THE country that spends the most per capita on Health Care (more than Canada, more than Britain) and yet the US has a sub-standard system in that only those of means may participate. Canadians pay 30% income tax to the government, no more than we do here when I look at the deductions from my paycheck. The trouble is that insurance companies are for-profit business machines who reap the reward of high costs and ineffiecient spending. Obama has a difficult task ahead in unravelling all the mistakes of the past and correcting inefficiencies. This is not something that can be accomplished overnight. Regardless of your political persuasion, he deserves recognition for having the guts to take this on - something the Republicans have always been afraid to do. Their fear-mongering is nothing more than "more of the same" - their reason for their ineffectiveness, their short-sighted-ness and at best their paralysis of the past.