September 12, 2012
Every time I talk with my friends and family about Obamacare, the topic of Nazi Germany seems to come up.
Many conservatives feel that government intervention with the health-care system will lead us down the dangerous path of socialism, but they also fail to look north. The country of Canada has been operating for decades with a system of health care much more liberal than Obama’s actions. In fact, when the government of Taiwan was implementing a health-care system in 1995, they created a commission of economic experts led by Harvard professor William Hsiao.
The study examined the systems of six high-income countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada and Japan. After careful review, the Canadian single-payer system with universal insurance coverage was recommended, since it offers people free choice of doctors and hospitals, and it has competition on the delivery side between public and private hospitals. Also, the quality of health services is very high, and people were very satisfied with the system from the 1980s through the mid-1990s.
These findings contradict the Republican claims that we have the best health care in the world. This claim neglects the concept of health-care system. Yet whenever a person tries to make this distinction, they are immediately hit with the socialist label and told how Obama will lead us back to the days of Nazi Germany. If that were the case, wouldn’t we be seeing this north of the border? In fact no Canadians are goose-stepping in the streets, because the Nazi rhetoric merely represents a disgusting part of American politics — tactics driven by fear while ignoring research and logic. Les Miles’ offense philosophy will not lead to the end of LSU football, and Obamacare will not destroy this nation.
Obamacare may contradict the political philosophy of many people throughout Louisiana, but that does not mean that the policy lacks potential. Just like the LSU football team does whatever it can to be the best, Americans need to set aside the partisan divide and do what is best for the health-care system. So the next time someone uses the Nazi term with Obama, stop and think about what is being said, and if you want to learn more about the success of Canada’s health-care system you can watch Michael Moore’s documentary “Sicko.” I know he’s a liberal filmmaker, but it’s not like he’s Joseph Goebbels.
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