In Canada their Supreme Court said that banning private health insurance was unconstitutional, because so many people were dying while waiting for treatment under their government run healthcare.  Will Americans (Literally) Be Dying For ObamaCare?

…According to a House of Representatives staff report describing cost-cutting measures in the economic stimulus package, treatments found to be less effective, or in some cases more expensive, “will no longer be prescribed.” A Senate Finance Committee report released in April proposed reducing the number of physician specialists and the use of high-cost services such as expensive drugs and state-of-the-art medical technologies. As former Sen. Tom Daschle–the one-time nominee for the position of secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services–sums it up, the approach would eliminate treatment options that don’t provide enough “bang for the buck.” I think I hear the Chevy pulling into the driveway now.

These developments should come as no surprise. Much has been made of the fact that Americans spend far more for health care than do citizens of other industrialized countries. But the cost difference stems largely from the fact that American patients have much freer access to new and innovative treatment options for chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

In “model” countries like Canada and Britain, the quality of low-cost primary care is about the same as in the U.S., and even rated higher in areas such as the waiting time to see a doctor. But these same countries have far inferior quality of treatment for serious conditions like cancer and kidney failure because they limit access to medical specialists and refuse to pay for many of the pricey medicines, diagnostic tools and complicated operations that are standard medical practice in America.

For example, in 2005, so many participants of a government-run program in Canada were dying while on the waiting lists to receive treatment that the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a provincial ban on private health insurance in Quebec violated patients’ “liberty, safety and security” and was, therefore, unconstitutional. Many Canadians want their system to be more like ours, but would-be health care reformers (read: cost-cutters) want to make the American system more like that of Canada and Britain by restricting access to expensive treatment options…

Much more at the link.

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