In an interview with Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Edwards dropped this enormously helpful key on when to tell if an opponent to healthcare reform is lying:
Let me say to the American public: if you hear somebody saying, we can't afford healthcare reform, because...if they use any of these words: "socialization," or "government control of your healthcare decisions," or if they mention "England," "France," or "Canada," you can be assured that they are not telling you the truth. They are trying to scare you away from a plan that can make a real difference, not just in American families, but in the American economy as a whole.
Our friends at Sadly, No! take a look at the actual outcomes between the US and Canada. I don't think it will surprise you to see that the U.S. system doesn't measure up so well:
Circulatory disease deaths per 100,000:
Canada: 219 United States: 265 Canada: 0.7 United States: 2.2 Canada: 17.4 United States: 20.5 Canada: 5.08 United States: 6.3
Intestinal diseases death rate
Canada: 0.3% United States: 7.3% Canada: 9.5% United States: 12.8%
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