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Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1090

by fche (#49740823) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

"they pay similar taxes as we do in the US in terms of taxes as a % of income" ... where "similar" translates to a, what, 40% later "tax freedom day".

"so not only is private healthcare not illegal [in canada]" ... but it is. IIRC, a few years ago, Ontario ran out of the province an american company who wanted to open up a subscription-fee-based very quick access to new family doctors. (There is quite a shortage of that in most areas here.) No can do - says the Canada Health Act - the government must monopolize that industry, and we citizen-units aren't permitted to pay someone else for anything that the System provides. They couldn't even start up.

"their system is cheaper and more effective and of a higher quality" ... the grass always look greener on the other side. There are ways in which the canadian systems work better, and ways in which they work worse. They are certainly much less libre and not gratis either.

"people don't go bankrupt from getting sick"

Look, bankruptcy is not even the worst thing that can happen to a person. Going untreated is worse. Paying taxes for health care, then finding out that one's condition isn't covered ... having to beg/threaten invincible government bureaucrats who get to make such rationing decisions ... complaining to newspapers how OHIP or whatever is letting Poor Kelly die ... taking up collections from public so Poor Kelly can travel to the States for treatment. This really happens here in the Great White Up.

Adjust your reality filter accordingly.

Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1090

by fche (#49738389) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Please read the wikipedia text before parroting the link. "This mostly goes towards services not covered or partially covered by Medicare ..."

In other words, if you would like to set up a family practice, or walk-in clinic, or hospital, or specialist office, and work directly for your customers, the po-po will take you to the jail-jail.

Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1090

by fche (#49737595) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

You haven't quite supplied enough activation energy to fuel a point-by-point rebuttal, so this will have to do ...

Are you QUITE sure that the reason this seems (to you) to work so well (in terms of services provided) is because of economies of scale? Have you considered that, just perhaps, it might be because the weighted-distribution of the beneficiaries is different from taxpayers, so that your aggregation of "canadians" into a single uniform mass of happy taxpayers-beneficiaries is ... dishonest?

Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1090

by fche (#49734889) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

"while people getting government insurance"

Government "insurance" is no such thing.

"in Canada pay an average of about half as much in taxes (scaled to their income)"

I don't know what that's supposed to mean, but if you want a broad-based measure, consider the annual "tax freedom day": mid-june for Ontario, mid-april for New York. Doesn't look good for Canadian "half as much in taxes".

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