Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Casualty in the Class War: Canada's Medicare; Americans writing about Canadian Healthcare

Frige of a Meals on Wheels recipient
This may be a big issue in the US, but not so in Canada. We have access to support systems, healthcare, and an infrastructure that works with the poor. We have many volunteers who work with seniors and clients at-risk, as I do. I surely have trouble with this article (abstract below). To my mind, the growing gap between the 99 and the 1% is not an issue, as long as the 1% pay their fair share of taxes. Save me from the Occupy 1%.

I agree that the majority government is wreaking havoc on many things we have taken for granted. "In Canada, parliamentary government permits one man to rule as a de facto dictator."
Reducing Old Age Security, and extending the age from 65 to 67 was criminal. I work with many impoverished seniors, and those on disability, who are victims of hourly wages and lack of employer respect. The continual Conservative MP mailings, claiming success on a war on crime, fail to perceive that crime is down and prisons are crowded. They fail to understand that many of us willingly pay fair taxes to ensure help for others, but get pissed off when business does not pay theirs. Census long forms changes hamper many non-profits, as well as provinces and municipalities. Long-form Canadian census was deregulated 

Ignorance: lack of education, and poverty affect many
Ontario, at the very least, has added a tax on those making an income of over $500,000 per year:

Crunching the Ontario NDP's tax-the-rich numbers

Globe and Mail - 2 hours ago
The Ontario measure is hardly radical. It puts the province more in line with the United States, where the top federal tax bracket starts at about $380000.

This is one step in the right direction. I do not begrudge those, living in a democratic and capitalist economic system, who can earn high incomes. I do worry about the differences between those who understand about good health; exercise, healthy eating, balanced diet, refraining from smoking, and that these differences seem to exist in the haves and the have nots.

 The Undisciplined Economist
Healthcare Policy, 7(3) 2012: 14-22

A Casualty in the Class War: Canada's Medicare
Robert G. Evans

 Abstract "There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning." (Warren Buffett, five years ago.) Last year's Occupy Wall Street movement suggested that people are finally catching on. Note, making war: Buffett meant that there was deliberate intent and agency behind the huge transfer of wealth, since 1980, from the 99% to the 1%. Nor is the war metaphorical. There are real casualties, even if no body bags. Sadly, much Canadian commentary on inequality is pitiably na├»ve or deliberately obfuscatory. The 1% have captured national governments. The astronomical cost of American elections excludes the 99%. In Canada, parliamentary government permits one man to rule as a de facto dictator. The 1% don't like medicare. Until now, the broad privatization agenda has been (largely) frustrated by strong public support for Canada's most popular and effective social program. Yet, when Stephen Harper quietly slipped his knife into the heart of medicare – no more conditional cash transfers – few seem to have noticed. Where was the barking dog? Very odd.

 The Canadian publication may, however, have played some role in stimulating the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to establish the Growing Gap project, which "takes an in-depth and sustained look at one of the biggest challenges of our time: Worsening income and wealth inequality in Canada." Retrieved January 11, 2012.

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