You spoke quite lightly about waiting a little while for elective proceedures in Canada. You did not mention the extensive waits for what people in this country call emergency surgery. Why are Canadians backing up at our borders to seek healthcare not available in Canada? We have actually become Canada's back up health care system. For example the Hospital in Great Falls Montana recently was stuck with the expense of four neonatal babies because the family fled to the U S for the birth as there is NO hospital in all of Canada capable of handling this type of situation. We have four new non paying citizens because of Canada's great government health system. One of the reasons for our problems and the cost is we have decided to become the health care center for all of North America. If we were to give free health care to all indigent Americans, our health care system would support it if we weren't treating Canadians, Mexicans and a great deal of Central Americans for free. Our poor can get health care. Just go to Grady emergency room and you will see. No one is turned down even those with common colds.
Newt's plan isn't the greatest, but almost anything is better than turning our health care over the the Federal Government. There is more waste in government than there ever was in private industry. If you don't belive that, just check what the Pentagon pays for toilet seats, bolts, pencils, etc.
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