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Our American friends are struggling to meet their health care needs and are fighting for change right now. Canada’s hard won universal system can be a model to others. Share your testimonial about universal health care here in Canada. Try to keep it short but sweet, 150 words or less. Send it to healthus@rabble.ca and we’ll post it here. Or send us a video testimonial to tv@rabble.ca.

Dear American Neighbours:

Canadians have been watching and reading about your national debate over how to reform your health care system. Normally, of course, we would not attempt to intervene or influence you. But Canadians are shocked that their health-care system -- called Medicare -- has been used to frighten Americans. Some of what has been said about our Medicare system are outright falsehoods -- like the claim that we can't choose our own doctors or that government "bureaucrats" can deny us needed treatment.

We want you to know the truth so that when you make up your mind it will be on the basis of facts, not falsehoods. This page has testimonials from ordinary Canadians, from health professionals, links to websites explaining our Medicare and links to campaigns in your own country fighting for reform.

on rabble.ca

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Weekly Pulse: New anti-choice bill suggests more #dearjohn letters needed | Feb 10 2011 | Lindsay Beyerstein | Health advocate Eesha Pandit and blogger Sady Doyle join GRITtv host Laura Flanders for a discussion of the House GOP's draconian abortion bill, H.R.3.
Weekly Pulse: #DearJohn, does banning abortion trump job growth? | Feb 3 2011 | Lindsay Beyerstein | With millions of Americans out of work, House Republicans are focusing in on real priorities: decimating private abortion coverage and crippling public funding for abortion.
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Weekly Pulse: White House takes offensive against health care repeal | Jan 20 2011 | Lindsay Beyerstein | This week, House Republicans will hold a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The symbolic vote is giving both Republicans and Democrats a pretext to publicly rehash their views on the legislation.
Weekly Pulse: Giffords shooting reveals flaws in U.S. mental health services | Jan 13 2011 | Lindsay Beyerstein | Jamelle Bouie of TAPPED urges President Barack Obama to take up the issue of mental health care in his upcoming speech on the Arizona mass shooting.
Weekly Pulse: On health care repeal, house GOP full of sound and fury | Jan 6 2011 | Lindsay Beyerstein | House Republicans will hold a symbolic vote to overturn health care reform on Jan. 12.
Weekly Pulse: End-of-life counseling returns, but death panels still nonsense | Dec 29 2010 | Lindsay Beyerstein | A proposed program to cover counseling sessions for seniors on end-of-life care has risen from the ashes of health-care reform and found a new life in Medicare regulations.
Weekly Pulse: Egg salad surprise! Congress votes to clean up food supply | Dec 23 2010 | Lindsay Beyerstein | It's a Christmas-week miracle! The Senate, in a vote that astonished everyone, brought the Food Safety and Modernization Act back from the dead on Monday.
Weekly Pulse: Judge rules against health reform, takes cash from opponents | Dec 15 2010 | Lindsay Beyerstein | The Virginia federal judge who ruled against a key component of health care reform on Monday has ties to a Republican consulting firm.
Weekly Pulse: DADT, vampire bees and other hazards to your health | Dec 8 2010 | Lindsay Beyerstein | Dr. Kenneth Katz recently published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine titled "Health Hazards of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Weekly Pulse: Bloomberg shaking up soda pop with politics | Dec 1 2010 | Lindsey Beyerstein | New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is asking the USDA to approve a pilot program that would prevent his city’s residents from buying sugar-sweetened soda with food stamps.

The Canadian System

  • Canadians pick their own doctors.
  • Doctors run their own private practices; they don't work for the government.
  • The government is the sole insurance agency, or the only (single) "payer" to pay doctors.
  • Per capita costs for health care in Canada, according to the OECD, is 46% lower than in the U.S. (And in the U.S. lack of health insurances causes about 18,000 deaths a year.)

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