I really don't know how some Americans can be so damn ignorant as to think that socialized medicine is a bad thing when most places that have it have better public health than the USA does. It's like saying that they don't want clean water or high-quality food. It's laughable at how stupid so many people can be. Do Americans really think that what they have in place is all that good to begin with? The Director-General of the WHO has this to say:
Today, it is clear that left to their own devices, health systems do not gravitate naturally towards the goals of health for all through primary health care as articulated in the Declaration of Alma-Ata. Health systems are developing in directions that contribute little to equity and social justice and fail to get the best health outcomes for their money. Three particularly worrisome trends can be characterized as follows:
- health systems that focus disproportionately on a narrow offer of specialized curative care;
- health systems where a command and control approach to disease control, focused on short-term results, is fragmenting service delivery;
- health systems where a hands-off or laissez-faire approach to governance has allowed unregulated commercialization of health to fourish.
Hmm, those three points are all traits of the US "health-care system". This doesn't sound too good.
And Jesus, check out the WHO's world rankings, then just TRY to be proud! LMAO:
3 San Marino
18 United Kingdom
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
36 Costa Rica
37 United States of America
Wow, talk about taking a beating! So much for "The best country in the world" eh? So what is it that Americans are really trying to protect? Who are the Americans who say that the EU and Canadian systems are inferior? Someone's lying but my guess is that it's not the World Health Organization. They don't stand to benefit from lying. The people who shoot down socialized medicine in the USA however, do stand to benefit from lying. Doesn't take a genius does it? Now I agree that Obama has really screwed up health-care reform by trying to kiss butt with the Republitards and that's a moronic thing to do when you have a mandate government. The thing is, with so much overwhelming evidence to the contrary, why do so many Americans stand against socialized medicine?
When you've got crap, does it really pay to defend it? Look what happened to GM and Chrysler. It gets even better however. The US private system also has Americans paying MORE than they should be (and they're worried about the cost going UP? Are they insane?).
In 2005, the USA spend 15.2% of its GDP on health care while Canada only paid 9.8%. That means Americans paid more than an extra 50% to get health care that is ranked 7 places BELOW Canada's. Not only that, between 2000 and 2005, the cost increases in the USA were DOUBLE that of Canada's! The USA went from 13.2% to 15.2% while Canada went from 8.8% to 9.8%. This also means that Canadians were spending a good deal less on health care in 2005 compared to the USA in 2000! I was always under the impression that Americans were pretty savvy when it came to business and commerce but this glaring stat shows that when it comes to health-care, they're about as savvy as a guy on a street corner selling pencils!
In overall health performance, the USA is even MORE abysmal! How does it feel to be ranked 72nd in the world. You may as well be a 3rd-world country. (Oh wait, a few 3rd-world countries already have the USA beat).
Please don't talk about bankrupting your country, the USA is worse off financially than 90% of those countries that have socialized medicine. The only difference is that US governments find far less productive things to finance like spying on its citizens, being involved in illegal wars in Iraq, the so-called "war on drugs" and the so-called "war on terror" and ridiculously high national defence budgets. (Have you forgotten that you have no land-border threats?) It's just a mess what the USA has for its priorities.