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Happy Canadians

John Downard September 14th, 2012

Mike Brake (Commentary, “Point: Disaster is ahead for Obamacare,” Aug. 8, Oklahoma Gazette) tells us that he doesn’t like government health care and that in Canada, with a government system that covers everyone, dogs can get a hip replacement in under a week while humans may have to wait two or three years.

Brake doesn’t mention that the Canadian dog will have to come up with thousands of dollars for the hip replacement while the human hip replacement is covered by the government program. Overall, the average Canadian is quite happy with the Canadian system. Brake could also have told us that every year thousands of Americans go to countries like Mexico and India for affordable, quality hip replacements and other medical procedures.

We need more affordable and equitable health care. Obamacare is a welcome first, but probably not last, move in that direction.

—John Downard, Norman

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