As the Republicans' third attempt to repeal Obamacare was going down in flames, Mike Pence was warning Alaskans that the last thing they wanted to do was to adopt single payer medicare. Alexander Panetta reports:
The vice-president of the United States has some less-than-complimentary words for Canada’s health-care system, which he accuses of certain “failings.”
Mike Pence made the remarks in an interview last week with Alaska radio station KFQD.
He was being asked about the Republican health legislation struggling to get through Congress.
Pence warned that if the legislative effort collapses, the U.S. will be on a course for something similar to Canada.
That’s because the Democratic party is starting to rally to an unprecedented degree around the idea of single-payer health care as a long-term solution to the U.S.’s endless health debates.
“We have a clear choice here,” Pence said.
“You know, somewhere in between where I’m sitting in Washington, D.C., and Alaska, is a place called Canada. I probably don’t need to tell the people in Alaska about the failings of national socialized health care because it’s right in our neighbour and you see the results every day.
“Look, we’ve got a choice: It’s between big government, Washington, D.C., solutions that ultimately, I believe, will collapse into single-payer health care — or whether or not we’re going to repeal the (Obamacare) individual mandate.”
God knows, our medicare system isn't perfect. Panetta admits that "Canada’s health system is known to suffer from long wait times, especially for elective procedures." However, "Canadians not only have longer life expectancies, but also spend far less on health care than Americans according to World Bank data."
If Trump goes down, he'll probably be replaced by Pence. And Pence is as dumb as a bag of hammers.