Obamacare Debate at Randy Hultgren’s Office 3 22 11


I happen to agree that the prison budget could use a good snip-in-the-pants (research the Japanese prison system if you think ours is cruel), but this is an interesting debate to watch.  What gets me is the body language captured on camera.  When people lie, or are saying things they don’t know to be fact, they speak with their eyes shut and they blink more, more than you would if you were simply uncomfortable. 

The thing I don’t like about this is the guy behind the camera is throwing out numbers (quite rapidly) which he claims to be true, but in a face-to-face debate out on the street, the other party is only going to believe you if they know you and trust you already.  A guy with a camera spitting out numbers is someone I wouldn’t automatically believe, so I can see why his sparring partner holds his ground (though from a mis-informed standpoint).

I’d also like to add in that the guy with the camera mentions a Canadian medical tourism broker who ‘skips’ patients across the border.  Many brokers like that do it for a commission/kickback based on the medical procedure.  This subjects the hospitals and doctors in the US to possible fee-splitting allegations, so do your homework before you work with a broker.  MediBid does not operate on a commission, so … no fee splitting.  :)

A few quotes from the poster of this video on YouTube:

Canadian and British patients wait about twice as long sometimes more than a year to see a specialist, to have elective surgery like hip replacements or to get radiation treatment for cancer.

All told, 827,429 people are waiting for some type of procedure in Canada

In England, nearly 1.8 million people are waiting for a hospital admission or outpatient treatment.

Source: Scott W. Atlas, “10 Surprising Facts About American Health Care,”


Twice as many American seniors with below-median incomes self-report “excellent” health compared to Canadian seniors (11.7 percent versus 5.8 percent).

Conversely, white Canadian young adults with below-median incomes are 20 percent more likely than lower income Americans to describe their health as “fair or poor.”

Source: Scott W. Atlas, “10 Surprising Facts About American Health Care,” National Center for Policy Analysis, Brief Analysis No. 649, 3/24/09

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