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NUPGE urges Obama and U.S. legislators to give Canadian health care system a fair hearing

'The overheated rhetoric and outright falsehoods that you’ve heard about the quality and viability of Canada’s system simply do not stand up to scrutiny.' - James Clancy.

Ottawa (24 July 2009) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), one of Canada's largest unions, is asking President Barack Obama and members of the U.S. Congress to look past the "malicious misrepresentations and scare tactics" in their current debate over American health care reform and see the true value of Canada's single-payer health system.

"Our single-payer system is, quite simply, a good and sensible idea that serves Canadians extremely well," NUPGE president James Clancy says in a letter to Obama, U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

"The overheated rhetoric and outright falsehoods that you’ve heard about the quality and viability of Canada’s system simply do not stand up to scrutiny," he argues.

Clancy said he felt obligated to write to the U.S. legislators after Prime Minister Harper and Health Minister Aglukkaq refused to step in and counter the anti-Canadian propaganda being spread by private health care interests battling health care reform in the United States.

He says a multi-million-dollar tidal wave of special-interest propaganda is trying desperately to obscure the fact that Canada's single-payer health care system has been "a triumph of values and economics" for more than 40 years.

Health-related bankruptcy unthinkable in Canada

Canadian health outcomes, on almost every critical measure, are among the best in the world, and Medicare covers all Canadians at substantially less cost than U.S. citizens pay for a system that leaves millions without coverage, he notes.

"It’s totally unthinkable to Canadians to experience bankruptcy due to medical bills, as do over one million Americans every year. Unlike in the U.S., not a single Canadian who is unemployed has lost the ability to access health care during the current economic recession."

Canadian health care also gives small and large businesses "a clear competitive advantage" in today's difficult economy by freeing all employers from any obligation to provide health care to their workers. "Our single-payer system does that for them," Clancy says.

And contrary to the egregious misinformation now being widely spread by U.S. special interest groups, Canadians are free to choose any doctor they want and all decisions about personal care and treatment are made by patients and their doctors. "There’s no interference by the government or private insurance companies," Clancy says.

In the letter Clancy also offers to organize a “study mission” for U.S. legislators who are interested in learning first-hand how Canada’s single-payer system actually works.

NUPGE

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE


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  • I really don't understand what some Americans are scared about... seriously. The system does work, yes it can be better but people get good health care. You should actually consider this an opportunity to improve on the system.

    It's actually pretty great to know that health care is covered and a fundamental part of life in Canada. I have never had to worry about not being insured, unless I visit the US.

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    • Ya I'm not saying it would be easy... I just don't understand the complete opposition to it. I suppose it's the people who have a great insurance policy who are opposed.

      How about a 2 tiered system. Would that ever work?

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    • The opposition to it is as follows:

      78% of Americans are completely and totally happy with their health care, their plan, and their doctors.

      America has some ambiguous # of uninsureds that want free care, so instead of addressing how to get those people covered, Obama wants to completely and totally destroy the system that we all want and like to take care of what we all agree is a group that needs coverage. Americans with brains say "OK, its needing work so let's FIX it, not DESTROY More..

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  • I really think its funny how misinformed some Americans are about things, and how they scream "socialist Canadians" over and over. You really have no clue at all. Our doctors and hospitals are not run, and do not work for the government. They are ALL privately run. So going on and on about privatized care is pretty silly, the government is only responsible for payments, not for the day to day running of hospitals and practitioners. We let healthcare professionals make the medical decis More..

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    • Fabulous that you've had good experiences. But, your comment that your health care is not run by the government is simply mistaken. So is your suggestion that money doesn't make the rules in Canada. It makes the rules EVERYWHERE, because health care costs money, and there is a very finite budget for it there.

      I've lived in Canada, and I know at least a dozen people who had to go to the US for timely treatment for various conditions. I've known others who have waited months for things like MRI's More..

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  • We were out of it until a few southern senators started fear mongering and telling tales about Canadas health care system . Funny i actually use this system and it works . But what would i know .

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  • Our health care right now is not so horrible if you have a plan like i do and dont have a life-threatening illness. If none of the above, not so much. Our current dental really sucks because the entire thing is not organized to extract teeth but money. Thus by logical extension so is US health care. For a layman's guide to US healthcare refer to Chris Rock: "We ain't cured nothin' since polio".

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  • Don't mess with it. Why does Obama have to screw everything up so quick?...

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  • Please look at life expectancy, child mortality, and other medical statistics. You will find that even CUBA is better than America at most of them.

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  • An Investment group will buy a hospital with 200 employees and expect profits for 10,000 investers, again the banking/finace industry's gouging of the people and our corrupt government is in their pocket and won't let real change happen, more of Obonga's hopeless change

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  • http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080822/Canada_MRI_080822?s_name=&no_ads=

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  • How many MRI machines are there in Canada?

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  • Um...ok...so a socialist endorses Canada's socialized medical system.

    What a shock.

    Can you name a labor union of any size anywhere in North America that doesn't support big government and large scale wealth redistribution?

    Didn't think so.

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  • Canadians always want our apporval not to mention there healthcare is lowgrade comepared to ours

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    • We don't give a shit what you and your ilk(rightwing nuts) think of our system, we're just tired of your endless lineup of complete horseshit that you spew about us and our system that the large majority of Canadians are very happy with.

      If the majority of Americans want a privatized system based on a group of elitist controlled companies gouging all the American people that have enough money for them to gouge - rather than actually helping them when they need it - then go right ahead and have More..

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    • For some reason I'm confusing "won't" with "want" today, lol.

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  • Fair hearing? Has if a liberal union of government employees is going to offer a disccussion of facts rather their own one-sided political rehtoric. LAUGHABLE.

    If you want to know the truth about Canadian Health Care, do what I did, go to the source. Big surprise the stories are true, the Canadian system is, and has been "In the Red", they are continuing to cut services, beds, and jobs. They are spending about $5200 per person for their "coverage" and they are still cu More..

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  • Mind your own business you dumbass canucks.

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