The Wall Street Journal printed a column by Suzanne Somers, presenting her as an “expert” on health care, criticizing Obamacare. Because I know when I’m looking for accurate information about out health care system, I always turn to Chrissy from Three’s Company. I mean seriously, she endorsed the Thighmaster. She has to know her stuff, right? She calls Obamacare a “socialist Ponzi scheme,” showing that she has no idea what either of those terms mean.
I’ve had an opportunity to watch the Canadian version of affordable health care in action with all its limitations with my Canadian husband’s family. A few years ago, I was startled to see the cover of Maclean’s, a national Canadian magazine, showing a picture of a dog on an examining table with the headline, “Your Dog Can Get Better Health Care Than You.” It went on to say that young Canadian medical students have no incentive to become doctors to humans because they can’t make any money. Instead, there is a great surge of Canadian students becoming veterinarians. That’s where the money is. A Canadian animal can have timely MRIs, surgeries and any number of tests it needs to receive quality health care.
My sister-in-law had to wait two months to get a General Practitioner. During this period she spent her days in bed vomiting continuously, unable to get any food or drink down because she couldn’t get an appointment with the doctor. When she finally did, the doctor said, “Oh you don’t need me, you need a specialist.” That took another two weeks until she got a pill that corrected the problem.
I’ve always found it amusing that every conservative in the country claims to know a Canadian personally who died of some horrible disease while waiting to see a doctor. Canada must be a vast killing field of dead people. One can only wonder how they manage to live longer and healthier lives than Americans. Of course, even if this were true it would have nothing to do with Obamacare. Canada has a single-payer, nationalized health care system. Obamacare is subsidized private insurance that doesn’t even have a public option, much less “socialized medicine.”
And here’s the punchline: The Journal had to issue a disclaimer about three falsehoods in the original column and delete two fake quotes she used.
CORRECTIONS AND AMPLIFICATIONS:
An earlier version of this post contained a quotation attributed to Lenin (“Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state”) that has been widely disputed. And it included a quotation attributed to Churchill (“Control your citizens’ health care and you control your citizens“) that the Journal has been unable to confirm.
Also, the cover of a Maclean’s magazine issue in 2008 showed a picture of a dog on an examining table with the headline “Your Dog Can Get Better Health Care Than You.” An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the photo showed and headline referred to a horse.
But still, I’m kinda torn on this. I’m waiting to make up my mind until Screech and the guy who played Rerun on What’s Happening weigh in.