Demonization and scapegoating of unvaccinated Canadians continues, and the credibility of Canada’s supposedly ‘universal’ socialist healthcare system crumbles even further.
When it comes to authoritarian division, Quebec has long been the ‘leader’ in Canada.
So, today’s announcement by Francois Legault is not a big surprise at this point:
“Quebec announces fines for people who don’t take the vaccine. Like Cuba, Canada has government run-health care so there is nowhere for vaccine refugees to go. This suggests they will be banned from receiving health care. This violates the Hippocratic oath.”
“Quebec Premier Francois Legault says the province will start charging people who refuse a COVID-19 vaccination an additional fee for health care. He says the exact amount hasn’t yet been decided. He says the charge wont apply to people with valid medical exemptions”
Quebec Premier Francois Legault says the province will start charging people who refuse a COVID-19 vaccination an additional fee for health care. He says the exact amount hasn’t yet been decided. He says the charge wont apply to people with valid medical exemptions #cdnpoli
— Marieke Walsh (@MariekeWalsh) January 11, 2022
This means Quebec has decided to embrace two-tier healthcare, as a means of scapegoating unvaccinated Quebec residents and direct anger away from the failed politicians.
Of note, Quebec’s public health director Horacio Arruda resigned the day before, though did not say the tax or any specific policy was the reason:
“Quebec’s public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda has resigned after serving as the province’s top health official throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arruda submitted his resignation in a letter to Premier Francois Legault Monday, which the premier accepted, according to his office.
In the letter, Arruda said he gave the best of himself as he helped lead the province’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, but that recent comments about the credibility of his and his team’s advice have “eroded the public’s trust and adhesion.”
“In this context, I deem it appropriate to offer you the possibility to replace me before my mandate expires, at least as the director of public health,” Arruda wrote in part.”
You either have universal healthcare, or you don’t
Here’s the thing.
‘Universal healthcare’ is supposed to mean something specific.
If politicians can pick and choose who to force to pay (beyond taxes) for healthcare, then it’s a two-tier, politically-manipulated system.
In effect, you have Quebec embracing a system where politicians dole out healthcare access as a reward for doing what they tell the populace to do.
The way Legault explained the new ‘healthcare charge’ is also quite interesting:
“Quebec Premier Francois Legault announces “healthcare charge” for unvaccinated people.
The $ amount is yet to be determined, but will be “significant”.
“There are consequences on our healthcare network and it’s not up to all Quebeckers to pay for this.””
#BREAKING Quebec Premier Francois Legault announces "healthcare charge" for unvaccinated people.
The $ amount is yet to be determined, but will be "significant".
"There are consequences on our healthcare network and it's not up to all Quebeckers to pay for this."
— Laura McQuillan (@mcquillanator) January 11, 2022
“Consequences on our healthcare network.”
That could be said about obesity, about smoking, about illegal drug usage, and about many other things.
“If we follow this path to its logical conclusion, we’ll put in a fat tax. Imagine if politicians were maligning the obese in the same way they’re maligning the unvaxxed.
If your BMI is over 35, you are likely to cost the system a tremendous amount of money. Should you pay?”
If we follow this path to its logical conclusion, we'll put in a fat tax. Imagine if politicians were maligning the obese in the same way they're maligning the unvaxxed.
If your BMI is over 35, you are likely to cost the system a tremendous amount of money. Should you pay?
— Tristan Elliott (@ETito604) January 11, 2022
Should people who are morbidly obese pay more since they tend to be a bigger ‘burden’ on the system?
If this is the argument, then it ironically leads to an understanding that we need far more private healthcare in Canada.
There can still be a public system, but private hospitals and private health insurance – offering everything the public system offers and more – should be available.
In such a system, people would pay more if they are deemed at higher risk.
That is how a private system works, as it must be efficient and make a profit to continue operating.
But you can’t do that in a ‘universal’ healthcare system and still call it universal.
If everyone pays taxes for the public system, and the public system is promised to all, you can’t still claim it’s a public system when additional fees are put on a certain segment of the population being targeted by politicians.
Why government is more dangerous than businesses
There is always a lot of talk about the dangers of big corporations. And many of those concerns are legitimate, as any large, powerful, centralized institution carries significant risks of abuse of power.
With that in mind however, big government is far more dangerous than big business.
Even the largest companies tend to have competitors.
Twitter has competitors.
YouTube has competitors.
Amazon has competitors.
Sure, the competitors are not nearly as big and powerful, nor are they as efficient, but there are other companies offering similar services.
This gives people choice and freedom.
But when it comes to big government, there is no competitor.
As our socialized healthcare system fails, Canadians are being punished for the lack of innovation in the system, and the incompetence of the politicians running it.
Why shouldn’t a Canadian entrepreneur be allowed to start up a chain of private hospitals?
Why shouldn’t private companies be allowed to compete with the government for a share of the healthcare market?
Why shouldn’t someone who has earned and saved a lot of money be able to use that money to procure healthcare services within their own country?
Why shouldn’t doctors and nurses have the choice of working in the private system or the public system, based on what they felt is in their own best interests?
The fact is, our healthcare system – like any socialist system – denies people freedom of choice and stifles innovation.
And, since the politicians keep citing the weakness of system as the ‘justification’ for taking away our rights and freedoms, it has become a convenient tool for authoritarians seeking to amass even more power in the centralized state.
Canadians deserve choice and freedom
Dependence upon the whims of the politicians and our socialized healthcare system has clearly failed.
And now, we see politicians like Francois Legault, Justin Trudeau, and others who are seeking to divide people and scapegoat a segment of the population to distract from their own incompetence.
Our socialist system has proven inadequate, and unable to get the job done.
The reality is that Canada needs to overcome our irrational fear of the word ‘private’ and embrace competition in the healthcare market.
Sure, we can keep a public system, so long as it has to compete with a private system.
For far too long this country has allowed outdated and fear-based thinking to hold us back, and that can’t be sustained any longer.
When it comes to healthcare, Canadians deserve choice and freedom.
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