Most Canadians understand our commitment

News Sep 04, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Health-care reform advocate stands behind her message, Aug. 21 The News.

Hamilton Community News has offered yet another media profile of this health care "reformer."

Shona Holmes has decided to correct ill-informed Canadians: "In contrast, when Americans purchase a health insurance plan, it’s a combination of government insurance, plus a supplementary plan that covers 'everything,' ” and, “Our conception of them is that there are 47 million people (in the U. S.) lying on the street, dying to get treatment,”... “We confuse the term ‘47 million people without insurance’ with ‘47 million people without access.’ No one in the U. S. is turned away for treatment. They’re not. You walk into any hospital, they have to treat you. I think not having access is more dangerous than not having insurance.”

The Uninsured Countering this harmful propaganda, a comprehensive lead editorial in the Aug. 23 Sunday New York Times argues this about ‘The Uninsured’:

"No matter how you slice the numbers, there are tens of millions of people without insurance, often for extended periods, and there is good evidence that lack of insurance is harmful to their health."

The Times continues, "The oft-voiced suggestion that the uninsured can always go to an emergency room also badly misunderstands what is happening. By the time they do go, many of these people are much sicker than they would have been had insurance given them access to routine and preventive care. Emergency rooms are costly, and if uninsured patients cannot pay for their care, the hospital or the government ends up footing the bill."

Ms Holmes may be a heroine to the free enterprisers.

Tens of millions of other Canadians will understand just what our commitment to universal access to health care – even with its correctable problems – has meant to the everyday sense of well-being that is alien even to insured Americans, let alone to the desperately uninsured.

Shea Hoffmitz, Hamilton

Most Canadians understand our commitment

News Sep 04, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Health-care reform advocate stands behind her message, Aug. 21 The News.

Hamilton Community News has offered yet another media profile of this health care "reformer."

Shona Holmes has decided to correct ill-informed Canadians: "In contrast, when Americans purchase a health insurance plan, it’s a combination of government insurance, plus a supplementary plan that covers 'everything,' ” and, “Our conception of them is that there are 47 million people (in the U. S.) lying on the street, dying to get treatment,”... “We confuse the term ‘47 million people without insurance’ with ‘47 million people without access.’ No one in the U. S. is turned away for treatment. They’re not. You walk into any hospital, they have to treat you. I think not having access is more dangerous than not having insurance.”

The Uninsured Countering this harmful propaganda, a comprehensive lead editorial in the Aug. 23 Sunday New York Times argues this about ‘The Uninsured’:

"No matter how you slice the numbers, there are tens of millions of people without insurance, often for extended periods, and there is good evidence that lack of insurance is harmful to their health."

The Times continues, "The oft-voiced suggestion that the uninsured can always go to an emergency room also badly misunderstands what is happening. By the time they do go, many of these people are much sicker than they would have been had insurance given them access to routine and preventive care. Emergency rooms are costly, and if uninsured patients cannot pay for their care, the hospital or the government ends up footing the bill."

Ms Holmes may be a heroine to the free enterprisers.

Tens of millions of other Canadians will understand just what our commitment to universal access to health care – even with its correctable problems – has meant to the everyday sense of well-being that is alien even to insured Americans, let alone to the desperately uninsured.

Shea Hoffmitz, Hamilton

Most Canadians understand our commitment

News Sep 04, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Health-care reform advocate stands behind her message, Aug. 21 The News.

Hamilton Community News has offered yet another media profile of this health care "reformer."

Shona Holmes has decided to correct ill-informed Canadians: "In contrast, when Americans purchase a health insurance plan, it’s a combination of government insurance, plus a supplementary plan that covers 'everything,' ” and, “Our conception of them is that there are 47 million people (in the U. S.) lying on the street, dying to get treatment,”... “We confuse the term ‘47 million people without insurance’ with ‘47 million people without access.’ No one in the U. S. is turned away for treatment. They’re not. You walk into any hospital, they have to treat you. I think not having access is more dangerous than not having insurance.”

The Uninsured Countering this harmful propaganda, a comprehensive lead editorial in the Aug. 23 Sunday New York Times argues this about ‘The Uninsured’:

"No matter how you slice the numbers, there are tens of millions of people without insurance, often for extended periods, and there is good evidence that lack of insurance is harmful to their health."

The Times continues, "The oft-voiced suggestion that the uninsured can always go to an emergency room also badly misunderstands what is happening. By the time they do go, many of these people are much sicker than they would have been had insurance given them access to routine and preventive care. Emergency rooms are costly, and if uninsured patients cannot pay for their care, the hospital or the government ends up footing the bill."

Ms Holmes may be a heroine to the free enterprisers.

Tens of millions of other Canadians will understand just what our commitment to universal access to health care – even with its correctable problems – has meant to the everyday sense of well-being that is alien even to insured Americans, let alone to the desperately uninsured.

Shea Hoffmitz, Hamilton