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sean martin

I must confess complete bewilderment at your healthcare system. It's not enough to shell out 15K every year for a family of four, but the "insurance" itself doesnt kick in until you've paid additional thousands in deductibles and co-pays... which kind of begs the question: what the heck is the thing for in the first place?

Here, we dont have that. We pay a monthly fee, which varies from province to province, but is rarely more than thirty bucks (Canadian!) a month, and everything is covered. Yes, the funds are topped up by income taxes, and we all know that, but few people complain about it. You need to see a doctor? You go. You need a prescription? You get one. You're in an accident and need surgery, like I did in 2002? It's all covered.

But yours is a bewildering mess of rules and regulations, and this is covered but this isnt and there's only this tiny little window for enrolling (huh?)... and none of it makes any sense.

Of course, when your ACA was passed, it was over two thousand pages long, so we're told. Our National Health was created with a bill that was eight. That says plenty enough right there.


"So I hover somewhere between the Irish saying about fairies, "I don't believe in them, but they're there"

"you want to know
whether i believe in ghosts
of course i do not believe in them
if you had known
as many of them as i have
you would not
believe in them either" - archy the cockroach (as reported by Don Marquis).

Mary McNeil

Sean - I think some of our differences are based on who in the US rakes in the $$

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