August 20th, 2009


Dear America

We've been hearing a lot from the US about 'socialised' healthcare lately. The debate is, apparently, raging. I don't feel the need to link you to the accusations of Obama being a Nazi, or to the woman who shouted "Heil Hitler" while an Israeli man was talking to a reporter about healthcare in Israel. I don't know the ins and outs of it very well at all. What I do know is that we have public funded healthcare in New Zealand. We also have a private system, and some people choose to have medical insurance so they can opt for private treatment if they want it.

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I"m not selling NZ healthcare as any kind of standard to be followed. I think our system could stand improvement too. But I'm extremely thankful when I or my family members get sick, that our system is public-funded. It means I actually get healthcare, without hassle - minimal paperwork, nobody telling me I'm not sick enough, no argument from an insurance company about what I'm covered for.

I fail to see what the Nazi-accusers are so afraid of. I would be disappointed if the Obama administration backed down on this to the vitriol and ignorance that's being thrown around out there. I'm sure there are intelligent arguments against public-funded healthcare, but they are not reaching my radar at this point - I haven't even seen ONE.

Also, I think trickle-down economics is bullshit.