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Disabled child too much of a 'burden' on Canadas health care?

Yet another story of how government run HC isn't some peaches and cream utopia
This family came from France with their business to Canada.Suddenly their daughter may be too much of a 'burden' and they might be sent back.

Can you imagine what a similar system would be like here in the U.S.?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:53 AM on Feb. 25, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • From the article:

    "the Canadian government wants the disabled girl out of the country, for fear her cerebral palsy will be an "excessive burden" on the state."

    That little girl is adorable, and the Canadian government's stance is disgusting.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:11 AM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • Why send her back and have her be a "burden" on France? Why not just euthanize her and save everyone the money?

    I think the stance is terrible as well AND it sends a horrible message to the special needs citizens of Canada. I wonder how many of them are TAXPAYERS?

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:31 AM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • Not a suprise. The people in favor choose to ignore such facts and just tell themselves it can't happen here.

    Answer by Carpy at 10:31 AM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • THAT'S why I'm against solely government run health care--especially with a population more than 10 times the size of all of these other "fabulous" countries with UHC!

    The government doesn't produce anything, the ONLY way it generates money is through taxes. In order to pay for chronic, long term care, they will need to tax the hilt out of everyone--especially the young and healthy 20 and 30 somethings who rarely see a doctor or have chronic medical needs!

    As a result, business and industry will leave this country, even MORE people will become unemployed, tax revenues will be harder to obtain (you need people to work in order to generate income and sales tax revenue), and then we become one giant cesspool of a nanny state!

    Or, the government will "just say no" to your medical needs, as a way of "reducing costs."

    Which would you rather? Either way, it's a "lose-lose" situation!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:44 AM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • This isn't about UHC. The "burden" isn't about healthcare, but education and living expenses. Every country has immigration laws. And most countries insist that the people immigrating will be self supporting, especially when they are immigrating from countries like France. The families income and savings are insufficient.

    I don't agree with it. But using it to argue against UHC doesn't make sense.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:07 AM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • The story is sad, but unfortunately this kind of thing not only happens in Canada, but in the US as well. We may not kick people out because they're an unnecessary burden for our social programs, however we will kick people out for other minor reasons. For instance, my Canadian cousin got a Pell Grant (he had lived in the US for several years at this point, even attending high school here and his high school counselor actually was the one who helped him apply for the grant not realizing he couldn't have it). This cousin owns 5 businesses here in the US, pays ridiculous amounts of money in taxes, owns a home, and is extremely responsible. He paid back the Pell Grant (which was for $1,100 - he paid back the gov't over $6,000) yet they're threatening to deport him AGAIN. He has 3 American kids and an American wife, almost his entire family lives here. But because he screwed up when he was young, we're going to deport him.

    Answer by mommy_lisa25 at 11:08 AM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • ^^^^Why hasn't your cousin applied for citizenship?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:18 AM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • He has, they keep rejecting him over the Pell Grant and now they're denying him visa's too. It doesn't matter how much he has contributed to this country or the fact that he has an American wife and 3 American kids, they'll gladly tear him away from all of them and deport him to Canada because he screwed up when he was a teenager. He's got a lawyer and is fighting to stay, but they've told him several times now that he could stay only to start to deport him a year or two later.

    Our immigration is really not that much better than Canada's. I watched another cousin who was getting married to a US citizen (their mom got divorced and moved to the US with her 6 kids) go visit her dad in Canada before her wedding so he could meet her fiance. When they tried to get back into the US, the border wouldn't let her through because they thought she was marrying for citizenship. She'd been living in the US legally for over 6 years.

    Answer by mommy_lisa25 at 12:16 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • So sad. I wish more people would see that plans passed by politicians aren't always what they seem. They say one thing and do another If they cared so much about the people they wouldn't have even thought about doing something like that.

    Answer by SylviaNCali at 2:41 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

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