Thursday, July 23, 2009

universal health care needs a push

The above quotation by Guillaume Apollinaire describes, after a fashion, what Obama is doing trying to "push" through his new health care initiative in the U.S. People are afraid. People are resisting change preferring possibly to stay with the devil they know rather than take a risk on the one they don't. It takes someone like Obama to push Americains off the edge of fear and indecision. I hope they don't miss this opportunity.

Sandra, from has an eloquent post today where she clearly expresses her impatience with the status quo in health care. She distills a lot of the chatter into a few salient points with examples to support what she says. Check it out it's a great read.

I want to thank Jayne, from for her post today about the politics of health care in America. Jayne was kind enough to reference a post I made here at the beginning of July, entitled: "Universal Health Care: a Canadian's Experience". Butternut Squash from has also posted about the need for universal health care and kindly made a link to my previous post on the topic, for which I thank her. If you haven't read these posts yet, I encourage you to do so.

A little note here as well re fellow blogger Renee, from She has been blogging about her fight with Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer. She just found out this week that her 25 year old nephew now has a bleeding tumor in his stomach, her sister (the nephew's mother) has also just been diagnosed with a brain tumor, and amidst all this, her mother is in serious condition in hospital. This is all taking place in Canada and while her posts are not made to describe the Canadian health care system, if you read them you will get a first-person, here-and-now glimpse into how our system works. Her sister and nephew are being operated on today, according to her last post (forgive me if I do not have all the facts straight) so this is happening in "real" time. Beyond the unfathomable physical and emotional suffering in her family right now - I cringe to imagine the financial devestation that they would be experiencing on top of everything else, if they lived in the United States and weren't among the fortunate few to have excellent insurance coverage.
My thoughts are with Renee and her family today.


  1. hi bonnie, yesterday i watched barack's press session in which (among many other things) the whole piece of universal health care came up. he mentioned some truths that i am fortunate enough not to have to worry about as i have amazing health care. i really hope that somehow the americans can see their way towards protecting the most vulnerable people in their country in so many ways, health care being one of the bigger ones. i'm going to have a look at those links you posted here.have a lovely day. steven

  2. Americans are just afraid of change. They would rather have a system that they know, even if it isn't equitable or efficient, than change for something that is...universal. What a novel idea!
    Thanks for posting this.


  3. Thank you for visiting me, Bonnie. I know only bad things about the American health care system.(We have family in New England) We had a news item on it today saying that a lot of Americans are anti universal health care, particularly, of course, Republicans. We do have universal health care here in the UK, free to all, but funding it is becoming a major problem. So far, so good, though.

  4. Hi Bonnie. Thanks for linking my post. Actually Pres. Obama isn't even advocating universal health care. The whole concept of reform is still revolving around private insurance. The public option portion is what has the Republicans and so-called Blue-Dog Democrats in a bundle. The insurance industry knows that if an alternative to them is offered, it will only be a matter of time before they will be extinct. The fear is that it will work, not that it won't. So fear-mongering happens once again. We Americans are very susceptible to this and those who so liberally use it know how effective it is. I am worried, but I'm not giving up hope. Canada better build a wall to keep us out!

  5. Hi Bonnie! An interesting read for me here in UK, where we have National Health Care - people complain about the service, but basically it is very good and it does take the worry out of being sick - you do know you will get the best care available. I do hope people in US begin to see it that way - the poor and vulnerable would benefit. Here, we can have private health care if we wish it (we both have this) but then one has the choice which one uses.

  6. I believe most Americans are ready for the change. There is a general dislike of insurance companies and drug manufacturers. Americans want them out of Washington along with their influence. If the majority were truly afraid of change Obama would not have been elected. I'm one of the lucky ones to have decent insurance but I know amny who live without it and worry nonstop someone will get a major illness. I'm praying for Obama to get the US straightened out. Like anything else in our world the more important it is the harder and longer it takes.

  7. Hi Bonnie, thank you for this post. I wasn't able to reach the blogs through your links, but I will type them in and see if I can get to them. I absolutely loved the quote by Guillaume Apollinaire. There is so much we can accomplish once we let go of the fear. Peace.

  8. Here in Australia we have free health care but it is a fragile system and there is still a constant push for those who can afford private insurance to take it. Universal free health care is such an important issue and I would hate not to have it.

  9. Hi Bonnie

    We do have free health care but as Gleaner said there can be long waits for non urgent surgery and some poor service at times but mainly good care. Our family also has private cover and for that we gain a 30% tax exemption on the cost. The govt encourages private health care funds as well because they know both systems are required. But many families cannot afford private care.

    Your quote at the start was one of the first quotes I ever collected when I began my lifetime's passion of keeping journals of quotes. I love it. It says something about the blessing of faith - faith that others have in us when we doubt ourselves...

    Happy days

  10. When I read your post about your experience with universal care, I learned so much. I printed it off for my husband to read too. We only hear stories of "rationing" and long lines here in the states, and it's sad really when that is certainly not the reality. God forbid the "profit" be taken out of the equation and we don't focus on our blessed "capitalism" here in the US.

    Thank YOU Bonnie for that thoughtful post and for the honor of sharing with with my blog readers. Hopefully, it opened some eyes, but then again, on my blog I am sort of preaching to the choir.

  11. I have come over from Delwyn's Hazy Moon!
    A wonderful post Bonnie...will be going to the other sites...Good health care should be a "human right" for all. My family has excellent coverage, but am aware far too many don't.

  12. Thank you - each and every one for your comments. My mind and heart want to respond to each of you individually about your insights, experiences and concerns, but my body is struggling with some sort of flu and is not co-operating. Just know how much I appreciate your demonstrations of interest.

  13. Bonnie, I'm sorry to learn that you are sick with the flu. (((Hugs)))

    Thank you for Apollinaire's quote. I had remembered someone quoting it to me a long time ago. Now it has an even greater relevance.

    I wish you a speedy recovery. Please take good care of yourself.

  14. Bonnie I want to thank you not only for this post but for the love that I feel from you.

    You have a wonderful blog Bonnie, but to me there is so much more here than just a wonderful blog. There is you.

    Love Renee xoxo


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