Learning to Love Universal Health Care

I started to feel differently about Universal government mandated and regulated Health care. I realized how many times my family had avoided hospital care because of our lack of coverage. When I mentioned to Canadians that I had been in a car accident as a teen and hadn’t gone into the hospital, they were shocked! Here, you always went to the hospital, just in case. And the back pain I had endured ever since would have been investigated and cared for with whatever X-rays, Physiotherapy or even Surgery that was needed, which would have been at no cost to me. In out particular province, even chiropractic care was provided after a car accident by the provincial care insurance.When I asked for prayers for my little brother who had been burned in an accident, they were all puzzled why the story did not include immediately rushing him to the hospital. When they asked me to clarify and I explained that many people in the States are not insured and they try to put off medical care unless absolutely needed, they literally could not comprehend such a thing. I started to wonder why I had been so opposed to government mandated Universal Health care.

A woman who describes herself as a “die-hard conservative Republican” moves to Canada, is at first “disgusted” with the Canadian universal health care system, and then quickly changes her mind. Oh, and she mentions that the Canadian government has still managed to keep a pretty balanced budget. And don’t forget about their household wealth!

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sox (#246)

This was so interesting! In a very non-judgmental way,I am a little confused about this part:
The only concern I was left with was the fact that abortion was covered by the Universal Health Care, and I still believed that was wrong. But as I lived there, I began to discover I had been misled in that understanding as well. Abortion wasn’t pushed as the only option by virtue of it being covered. It was just one of the options, same as it was in the USA.
Why would this be pushed as the “only option”? Only option for what?

navigateher (#555)

@sox I was wondering about this too! Only option for birth control maybe? Because that would seem so crazy I’d be amazed anyone would even think that. I really hope people opposing abortion in the US don’t actually think that it’s pushed just because you can get it for free!

@sox i’m thinking, only option versus carrying the baby through to term, adoption, whatever. perhaps? (I didn’t actually read the article because I suck)

I have no idea why anybody would think that, because it’s covered, it would be pushed as the only option.

@sox I actually read this particular blog often and come from a similar (but not as intense) conservative background. I think I can venture an explanation: She is coming from a conservative Christian community that often, unfortunately, relies on fear-mongering in order to get their flock to line up politically (which, among other things, means voting pro-life). One of the conservative-Christian justifications for being against secular universal health care (and other forms of women’s health care) is that the money you are paying in will go to fund abortions to the exclusion of other options (adoption, keeping the baby). This is because non-Christians are pro-abortion, anti-baby, pro-women-being-selfish, and want to keep the “abortion industry” going. This is, of course, false, but that’s the belief/fear.

navigateher (#555)

@dj pomegranate Thank you for clarifying this! It’s never not scary though that in this time and age there are still people whose only source of information and perspective are their religious leaders.

sox (#246)

@dj pomegranate Yeah, I had no idea about the larger context of the story, which as I commented below is deserving of a freaking book deal, if she doesn’t have one already.

Kate (#1,408)

So, hooray to this woman for her eventual revelation that health care isn’t evil but I have to admit my primary thought while reading this article was NO SHIT, SHERLOCK. Hey guess what, using your lunch hour to eat a sandwich is better than using your lunch hour to punch yourself in the face repeatedly.

aetataureate (#1,310)

@Kate Quit plugging your new book, the PUNCH YOURSELF THIN DIET

Kate (#1,408)

@aetataureate actually, the working title is PUNCH YOURSELF THIN, MOTHERFUCKERS.

MuffyStJohn (#280)

So what you’re saying is we need to send all the Republicans to Canada? That works for me, actually.

Robin (#1,320)

@MuffyStJohn Yeah, they’d love it here!

Yeah but it would never work in the US because of [stupid, irrelevant difference between the US and Canada].

Just as a note for people who don’t click through…

This blogger was raised in the Quiverfull movement (see: the Duggars from 19 Kids & Counting). During the time she’s describing in her life, she was still in the movement, married to a guy she’d only dated a few weeks, had essentially a middle school education, and had never been allowed to have a job. So while this is an interesting socialized medicine conversion tale, it’s a little more nuanced than it first appears.

More context, if you’re interested– this woman’s husband came out as trans, they left the movement, and are now (mostly happily) living as a lesbian couple in the US.

@TheclaAndTheSeals Ahaaaaa, this explains a LOT of the things that had me raising an eyebrow toward the stratosphere while reading the post. Such as the part where she said she’d never seen a brochure of birth control information before. I was all, “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…?”

sox (#246)

@TheclaAndTheSeals WHOA. I have actual work to do today and since you put this into proper context, I’ve been buried in her story for teh past twoish hours. This is pretty effing phenomenal. I hope she has a book deal in the works, she deserves it. Incredible courage, unconditional love and amazing fate that they found each other.

Fig. 1 (#632)

@TheclaAndTheSeals We also have some churches up here that espouse the Quiverfull teachings, but the adherents have to work harder to remain ignorant, I think. Or at least I like to think.

jfruh (#161)

“and my parents preferred a conservative naturopathic doctor anyways”

is by far the most interesting bit here to me! That there are such things as conservative naturopaths! I always forget that the far right counterculture can look an awful lot like the far left counterculture in some of the particulars. (See also: Home schooling.)

@jfruh See also: water fluoridation and 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Robin (#1,320)

@jfruh ‘conservative naturopath’ is fancy speak for veterinarian

Megano! (#124)

I thank the Gods every day that I was born here, because if I wasn’t, I would probably be homeless/destitute/both due to medical bills.

dolphziggler755 (#4,566)

Universal healthcare is just brilliant. The Canadian healthcare system is pretty cool, though I do believe it works for them because Canadians do not endeavor and scheme to abuse it in manners it absolutely was never meant to support.
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