You know how the right is always saying things like “everyone wants to come to America to get medical treatment” and “a national health care system would lead to rationing of medical treatments” ?

Well, not surprisingly, it turns out this is NOT true. None of it.

Actually, according to a new set of polls conducted here, in Canada and in Britain, most people – here and abroad – think America’s health system kind of sucks.

Only 10% of Americans think their health system functions “pretty well” – compared to 56% of Canadians and 27% in Britain.

89% of Americans think their system needs fundamental change – vs 42% of Canadians and 69% of Brits.

But the most telling result is this: 61% of Americans would prefer a national health system like in Canada or Britain while only 3% of Canadians and 12% of British say they would prefer the American system.

The poll results also reveal information that seems to disprove the ‘rationing’ argument.

Specifically, “Americans with low incomes go to the doctor fewer times a year, an average of 6.7 visits, than do poor Canadians, 8.7.”

I hope Obama will keep these numbers in his back pocket, ready to pull out when McCain starts ranting on about “socialized medicine” and the mythical horde of Canadians crossing the border to get access to American health care.

  • Fred

    Boy, talk about cavorting with poll numbers. Here is what you people over here fail to report what the poll says about Americans:

    While most people think that the american system is fair or poor, a majority of americans are satisfied with THEIR insurance plans and do not want them to change.

    So, what this tells us is that most americans believe the drivel from the Mainstream media about a crisis, but the evidence they have in front of them from their own plan shows the opposite, so they are engaging in cognitive dissonance, and you all here at this site are engaging in selective cherrypicking for political gain.

  • I don’t think in any real debate that covers real issues, anyone with any credibility uses poll data to defend a position. Since most polls are rigged; case in point Rudy Guliani, no way, no how that man was ever leading in any polls, yet fabricated polls said he was.

    This is just nonsensical fodder for a non-issue. Obama gets the highest lobby money from Health Care and big Pharma only second to Hillary Clinton. What he proposes doesn’t fix anything it just cost lots and lots more money. The issue isn’t health care, it’s health care lobbyist paying off politicians (Obama) to do their bidding. Any system he comes up with will surely be profitable for insurance companies and cost us more. And McInsane is not better, he’s more of the same status quo.

    These little trips to nowhere only prove one thing, the real issues are never talked about because these two men don’t have any plans on addressing them.
    Either one wins we lose!

  • Eric, check out my story over at BSB regarding a Rasmussen reports poll on this topic.

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