"The president's budget repeats the popular claim that 45.7 million Americans are uninsured. The figure is taken as proof positive that the current system is failing - and that the government must step in to provide a remedy.
But that misleading number includes millions we can hardly call uninsured.
More than 725,000 Canadians languish on months-long waiting lists for surgery and other necessary treatments. Doctors are in short supply - thanks largely to the government takeover of the health sector. In the early 1970s, when Canada launched its "universal coverage" system, the country ranked second among 28 developed countries in doctors per thousand people. Today, it's 24th.
For most folks, health insurance is simply too expensive. And ramping up funding for government health programs, as Obama proposes, won't make insurance cheaper. In fact, it could cause private insurance to become more expensive."
- About 18 million of the uninsured make more $50,000 a year
- Almost 10 million have yearly incomes over $75,000.
- More than 10 million aren't US citizens.
- And as many as 14 million are already eligible for government programs like Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP - but haven't signed up.
Further, Canadians often lack access to the advanced medical technology that Americans take for granted. Canada ranks 19th among 26 reporting OECD nations in access to CT scanners and 14th out of 25 reporting OECD countries in access to MRI machines.
An unmitigated disaster awaits America if the President gets his way on this issue and other social experimentation initiatives on his plate. Soon it won't be just the banks and the automobile manufacturers...
It will be America that will be bankrupt! This is no joking matter!