Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sorry, the DOCTOR is no longer taking new patients!

Even though this article was posted on the web in May, 2013, I think it is useful now -- long after the 76th Oregon Legislative Assembly has closed up shop and the reps gone home.

Meet Maggie: Walking Medical Time Bomb

And if you haven't seen the documentary called "The Healthcare Movie" I urge you to see it as soon as possible.

Produced by Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, this documentary reveals the public relations campaigns that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900's to dissuade the American public from supporting national health care.  It also shows the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand to bring universal health care to Canada over 50 years ago.
The film reveals the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900’s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.  Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? If you agree that people are more important than profits, then you must watch this film.

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