Before You Vote, Look, Listen, and Pay Attention

Posted: September 1, 2020 in Health and wellness, News and politics
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(Info from PBS News Hour) Compared to people in most developed nations, including Canada, Americans have for years paid far more for health care while staying sicker and dying sooner!


“To Canadians, the notion that access to health care should be based on need, not ability to pay, is a defining national value.” Americans simply don’t live with that confidence. Losing a job is bad enough, but imagine that you’re going to have to lose everything you’ve got to qualify for Medicaid. Sell your house. Sell your car and basically be on the bones of your ass before you get any medical coverage! That is our way of dealing with healthcare! In 2019, health expenses drove more Americans into bankruptcy than any other reason, according to the American Journal of Public Health. That same year, health care consumed 17 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, a greater share than in any other developed country, including Canada!


So here is my take. We need universal healthcare, but we need to design it better than Canada who has long wait periods for elective or none emergency operations. They (Canada) do not cover dental, for example, or drugs that have not been prescribed by a hospital. They are way cheaper even when you do have to pay, however. But Switzerland, for example, has a system where you pay, but if you cannot afford to pay the govt pays your premiums. No one goes uncovered. So what we have in the U.S. sucks, it is more expensive, it will bankrupt you before it will even give you minimal coverage, and you die younger, and are sick more than any other industrialized nation.

So I do not know exactly where Biden is going to be, but it has to be better than Trump’s plan which is to get rid of what we do have with no plan to replace it, at all! And he also wants to permanently get rid of payroll taxes for medicare and social security which will bankrupt SS in three years with no ability to pay us any dollars at all. So consider this when you vote, a vote for Trump means you die sooner, stay sick longer, and if you are like me and depend on my Social Security, I will starve, lose my home, my car, and be on the street in Trumps America! And so will you, please look at Trump’s policies, at what he does versus what he says while campaigning! They are never the same, and you and I both suffer, no matter whether we are left or right-leaning! Thank you!

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