Waterdown woman being used as pawn

News Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Waterdown woman a sell out, July 24 The News.

It seems to me the main point of Shona Holmes’ message about Ontario health care is irrelevant.

Our health-care system may need some tweaking to help improve the delivery of services but to compare it to an alternative where millions have no access at all is ridiculous.

What I find outrageous is that she would espouse her "expert opinion" on universal health care in the United States, and in doing so, paint all Canadians with the same brush. Hers is a personal opinion, not one universally held by a majority of Canadians, yet she is being held up as a poster child in the United States as a representative of public opinion.

She is blatantly being used as a pawn by the stakeholders in a huge money-making system in an attempt to prevent the universal health care movement from taking hold in the United States.

This woman's experience, where she received what she felt was better care for a relatively rare condition in the United States by paying for it, should in no way diminish our confidence in our own system as a whole. Tommy Douglas was voted overwhelmingly Canada's Greatest Citizen for good reason. The feeling that the "haves" should help the "have nots" on an institutional level is one of the things that make this country great.

Who in good conscience could choose a system where if you are rich and can pay, you can have heath care, if not... oh well. Ms. Holmes’ opinion is sadly all too indicative of a trend in the thinking of many right wingers, "Me not us, us not them."

Gareth Diamond, Dundas

Waterdown woman being used as pawn

News Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Waterdown woman a sell out, July 24 The News.

It seems to me the main point of Shona Holmes’ message about Ontario health care is irrelevant.

Our health-care system may need some tweaking to help improve the delivery of services but to compare it to an alternative where millions have no access at all is ridiculous.

What I find outrageous is that she would espouse her "expert opinion" on universal health care in the United States, and in doing so, paint all Canadians with the same brush. Hers is a personal opinion, not one universally held by a majority of Canadians, yet she is being held up as a poster child in the United States as a representative of public opinion.

She is blatantly being used as a pawn by the stakeholders in a huge money-making system in an attempt to prevent the universal health care movement from taking hold in the United States.

This woman's experience, where she received what she felt was better care for a relatively rare condition in the United States by paying for it, should in no way diminish our confidence in our own system as a whole. Tommy Douglas was voted overwhelmingly Canada's Greatest Citizen for good reason. The feeling that the "haves" should help the "have nots" on an institutional level is one of the things that make this country great.

Who in good conscience could choose a system where if you are rich and can pay, you can have heath care, if not... oh well. Ms. Holmes’ opinion is sadly all too indicative of a trend in the thinking of many right wingers, "Me not us, us not them."

Gareth Diamond, Dundas

Waterdown woman being used as pawn

News Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Waterdown woman a sell out, July 24 The News.

It seems to me the main point of Shona Holmes’ message about Ontario health care is irrelevant.

Our health-care system may need some tweaking to help improve the delivery of services but to compare it to an alternative where millions have no access at all is ridiculous.

What I find outrageous is that she would espouse her "expert opinion" on universal health care in the United States, and in doing so, paint all Canadians with the same brush. Hers is a personal opinion, not one universally held by a majority of Canadians, yet she is being held up as a poster child in the United States as a representative of public opinion.

She is blatantly being used as a pawn by the stakeholders in a huge money-making system in an attempt to prevent the universal health care movement from taking hold in the United States.

This woman's experience, where she received what she felt was better care for a relatively rare condition in the United States by paying for it, should in no way diminish our confidence in our own system as a whole. Tommy Douglas was voted overwhelmingly Canada's Greatest Citizen for good reason. The feeling that the "haves" should help the "have nots" on an institutional level is one of the things that make this country great.

Who in good conscience could choose a system where if you are rich and can pay, you can have heath care, if not... oh well. Ms. Holmes’ opinion is sadly all too indicative of a trend in the thinking of many right wingers, "Me not us, us not them."

Gareth Diamond, Dundas