Monday, 7 September 2009

Canadian Healthcare. Again.

The discussions are fascinating. At YouTube, there are insults to Canada and Canadians (and hockey of course). Stuff like this:
Hey canada, you are not USA, stay the fuck out of our political business.

There are speculations that these are actors. There are assertions that it would cost more in the US, because the population is so much larger. Assertions that it would cost more because Americans would abuse it. (A particular group of Americans is what this commenter means, I guess.) Assertions that the people in the video and the Canadian commenters at YouTube are simply lying.

Compare with the discussion at The Huffington Post. There, the discussion is calm and rational -- with much better spelling too. Personal stories, facts, history, no abuse, no insults.

Some commenters wonder at the lack of trolls though. The reply to that: 'Trolls can't handle the truth'.

Here is my original posting of this video with some more good Canadian healthcare stories.

UPDATE: Well, there you go. A few minutes after I posted the above, a commenter at The Huffingon Post offered this:
In Canada you have a great health care system. Enjoy it and leave our business to us. And please don't say we dragged you into it because I read every day on these post critizism of our economy,war everything we do. Worry about yourselves not us.

Tad touchy, no?

As gord is my witness, I will never understand 'my country, right or wrong'.

MORE BONUS: Go read Doctor Pale on who's trying to destroy our healthcare system.


jj said...

Aw, thanks for re-posting this, fern hill!

fern hill said...

Well, I've got that lefty obsession with truthiness, you know. ;)

The good people of the US need to take this conversation back from the liars, greedheads, and nutbars. If we in Canada can help, we should.

Cliff said...

Youtube comments are infamous as the most developmentally disabled on the internetz. My girlfriend will be watching a video and start reading the comments and always end up shouting 'Why am I doing this to myself? Why am I reading these idiots?!' at her computer screen.

As for minding our own business... well with the kind of money and effort and lawsuits that private health concerns in the US are putting into attacking the Canadian healthcare system - involving ourselves in the US debate is pure self defense.

fern hill said...

Idiots, indeed, Cliff.

And yes, it is a matter of self defense. But, of course, if the reformers succeed down there, US insurance companies will redouble their assault on our system.

So, maybe we should mind our own business. . . ;)

West End Bob said...

Good job keeping this on the front burner, fern hill.

It will be interesting to see if mr. obama has the cajones to demand a strong public option in his address Wednesday. Personally, I doubt it.

Without that prerequisite, it is not "reform" at all . . . .

Dr. Prole said...

WEB and all, President Obama came out swinging today for a public option at his speech to the AFL-CIO picnic. I guess we'll see what Wednesday holds, but I'm suddenly a weeeeeeeee bit more optimistic.

West End Bob said...

Dr. Prole, I just played the clip of Obama @ the picnic. Sounds good - hope he gets the word to rahm emanuel . . . .

jj said...

"I'm suddenly a weeeeeeeee bit more optimistic."

Me too. Maybe the Pres has realized you can't negotiate with terrorists.

Dr.Dawg said...

OT, but the insane Fernando Alves decision will not be appealed.

fern hill said...

Saw that at your place, Dr. Dawg. Came home and found the exact same letter. About to blog it.

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