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Canadian Pop Sensation Justin Bieber Slams US Health Care System

The reactionary right is about to have themselves a brand new whipping boy. That’s because international pop superstar Justin Bieber, who has two strikes against him already for being Canadian, has spoken some rather harsh truths about the difference in health care north and south of the border. Bieber told Rolling Stone that he would never become a US citizen because of our health care system. “You guys [Americans] are evil, Canada’s the best country in the world,” the Grammy-nominated artist joked. But Bieber wasn’t at all joking when he said that “We [Canadians] go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills. My [American] bodyguard’s baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby’s premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.”

It looks like the 16-year-old Bieber has a better grasp of the enormous importance of universal healthcare than many right-wing reactionaries here on the sorry side of the border. Sorry because we’re the only country in the industrialized world without universal, single-payer, government-run healthcare. Perhaps that’s why the United States has fallen to 49th place globally in life expectancy. We’re down there with Albania, folks. But try telling Sarah Palin or John Boehner any of that, or even President Obama, who wussed out of the public option in order to guarantee the success of his own anemic “reform” bill.

Meanwhile, as tens of thousands of Americans die each and every year simply because they cannot afford health insurance, and many more lose their life savings, their homes– their very futures– because of the astronomical cost of health care, Canadians live longer, healthier and infinitely less expensive lives because they’re covered, from the crib to the crypt, by their nation’s single-payer, universal health care system. And forget all the bullshit you’ve heard spewed by Sarah Palin and her ilk about death panels and sub-standard medical care in countries with “socialized” healthcare: nearly all Canadians support their system and want to make it even more “socialized.” And in a national poll to select the “greatest Canadian” of all time, our neighbors to the north chose none other than Tommy Douglas, the former socialist premier from Saskatchewan known best  as the father of Canada’s national health care system.

Canadian health care experts discuss Medicare, their universal health care system:

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2 Comments

  1. Tom HennessyFebruary 17, 2011 at 5:39 pmReply

    I believe what he said was the ‘healthcare system’ is evil. It has been shown that when there is a ‘commercial’ interest IN health care then there is the potential for ABUSE of that system through gouging and corruption. One example of this is the recent drug erythropoietin which is given to treat anemia. They ‘went through the books’ and found those FOR profit centers used ALOT more of the drug than those NON profit centers. They went on to find also giving a higher amount of the drug was associated with higher death rate . The drug is paid for each shot given and therefore it BEHOOVES the ‘capitalist’ end of the deal to err on the side of .. ? IF the medical profession is CONTROLLED and paid for BY a ‘board’ as it is in Canada then ALL doctors get a ‘fair wage’ as opposed to a small proportion of those doctors being HIGHLY paid. The doctors in Canada and France are not REALLY happy but they have no where near the ‘caseload’ that doctors in the States are capable of handling. Nothing is for free granted but Canada as pointed out by Tommy Douglas CAN and DOES pay for all healthcare.

  2. Betsy WeaverMarch 5, 2011 at 10:53 amReply

    If Justin Bieber wants to tour Canaidian style then why doesn’t he BUY out the Stadiums and Areans in which he will be touring ? The so-called patrons will then become his GUESTS and he can perform for HIS GUESTS!!! Sounds like he doesn’t like the fact in America we pay for our own wants and desires. Do you think he would throw in a snack for his guests while he is ENTERTAINING?
    Justin Bieber is a 16yr old PINHEAD! He has no clue or appreciation for the American way of life. Since he came to our country to enrich his career( is that because he was not paid enough in Canada?) I hope he was also made aware of our TAX codes and will remember to pay his fair share!!!!
    PS. Take your posters home with you and hand them out for FREE!

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