From Associated Press writer Alan Fram
WASHINGTON (AP) - Staring at the camera, Shona Holmes says a brain tumor would have killed her had she relied on her Canadian, government-run health plan that would have provided treatment far too late. "Now, Washington wants to bring Canadian-style health care to the U.S.," a narrator says darkly.
The television ad from a conservative group is dramatic—but deceptive.
In fact, President Barack Obama and Democrats pushing to overhaul health care want to create an optional, government-run plan to compete with private insurers but not replace them. As Obama told a health forum last week, "We're not suddenly just going to completely upend the system. We want to build on what works about the system and fix what's broken about the system."
Does any right-thinking person, any person with half-a-brain think that President Obama is actually concerned about competing with private health insurance? There's already been far too much said behind closed doors.
And it's worth noting that there are other ways to coerce people into a single-payer system; it doesn't have to be done statutorily. If you don't look to Canadian health care as your example, one only needs to look at Medicare's low payouts, rampant fraud, and general mismanagement, to see where this is headed.