September 10, 2018

Jim Carrey praises socialism — so why doesn't he move to Venezuela?

Amanda HeadRebel Contributor

With every passing day, I'm so glad that comedian Jim Carrey is Canadian — if he'd been born here in America, it would be even more embarrassing.

Carrey's net worth is estimated at US$150 million, but he just went on Bill Mahr's show and praised socialism.

Of course, he praised Canada's "free" health care system — while leaving out a few awkward facts...

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commented 2018-09-15 11:21:39 -0400
Keith and Helen Harvey,

No one said it was free, but if you were born into it – you are used to the taxes used to pay for it, so it feels like it’s free. Especially when you get treatment and feel much better than you did and you walk out of the hospital without receiving a bill. It’s piece of mind.
commented 2018-09-15 02:17:14 -0400
Our Healthcare system IS NOT FREE.
Our Healthcare System does have some problems that need to be addressed.
They advertise like free flu shots, THEY ARE NOT FREE.
If you are a Drug Addict on the streets, you get free needles, etc. If you are a Diabetic inflicted with a disease you did not have any control over, you got as a child, you have to pay for those needles, even though you are already paying taxes that the Addicts aren’t paying.
And people like Jim Carrey who are recognizable celebrities, are likely to be treated quickly and actually putting Joe and Jane nobodies further back in the line up for care. And if our Healthcare System is so good. Why do VIPs go to USA for treatment? Danny Williams, previous Premier of Newfoundland went to USA for treatment, Bourassa from Quebec went to USA for treatment. I guess if you have money, you can go see a good doctor in the States. Most of what we have here now is foreign doctors that don’t have the training, language skills or cultural connection to the patients. It keeps costing more, but the quality of care keeps declining. The wait times lengthen, there is less they are able to do for you. And if your old they do even less. Getting to see some specialists is difficult as well as you have long wait times to see them.
They changed the labels on my med bottles. I asked why? The majority of the population is getting older and our eyesight is getting worse. And these new labels they made the Doctor’s name smaller and in a different location, the RX Number also smaller. The only thing that is not smaller is the instructions, everything else, smaller. I was told it was to conserve paper, yet the new labels are a lot bigger but the print smaller. So I asked why because their reason doesn’t make sense. Plus, unlike the old labels you had to use a scraper and varsol to remove. These new labels come right off, they could be easily taken off and put on a bottle with some other meds in. Maybe I watch “Murder She Wrote” too much. But to me it’s a safety concern. If they do stupid crap like that with a label, if you examine the whole system in detail? What big crap are they doing that is not only stupid but costly. Keep in mind, I’m old and crotchety.
commented 2018-09-14 20:08:20 -0400
Allan Peterson,

I am not a healthcare professional. I don’t have the knowledge in this area to provide detailed answers on HOW to make those improvements, but hey – feel free to provide the solution that hasn’t occurred to anyone else yet since you seem to think you know what you are talking about.

Please do post them, because it’s often been the case that when someone constantly whines about doctors and not getting what they want, it’s because they are not telling the full story and the doctors have a different story to tell like patients not wanting to follow directions or recommendations.

For example, some people don’t want to do any work like extensive physiotherapy. They just want instant surgery. Some patients don’t even listen to the doctor when they prescribed medication.

Whatever the case, I am just willing to bet that your doctors have a different side of the story if I was able to ask them about you.
commented 2018-09-14 18:48:24 -0400
NICHOLAS CONKLIN commented 7 hours ago
Allan Peterson,

You are the one who won’t answer a simple question. I asked you what you would replace our system with and you still haven’t giving me an answer.
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Nyet. I asked you first.

I think our healthcare system is great, but it does need improvements when it comes to wait times, access and further coverage when it comes to mental health issues, etc.
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This says nothing. It lists a few vague problems. What would the solution to the problems be?

I also think you are not telling me the entire story regarding your back.
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Why would I be hiding and why would I be hiding it? I can post the 90 pages of documents I wrote for the Manitoba Medical Tribunal if you would like. Might blow the server capacity.

I’ve done physio, I’ve been offered botox which I refused- it was a hail Mary. I’ve done acupuncture. I’ve done everything except what is needed chichis surgery. Cause they refuse to do it. As I said I have seen 15 specialists. I don’t think I managed to hit all the bad ones. It is the system.

Again, it sounds like your hospitals are run poorly.
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Are you sure? Most Canadians- which include the West- are deliriously happy with our system according to you. And who runs the hospitals? The governments across the country. I don’t get out East much but I’m sure I would hear the same stories there if I talked to people leaning over their shopping carts in the malls etc.

It is the system.

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commented 2018-09-14 11:49:34 -0400
Allan Peterson,

You are the one who won’t answer a simple question. I asked you what you would replace our system with and you still haven’t giving me an answer.

I think our healthcare system is great, but it does need improvements when it comes to wait times, access and further coverage when it comes to mental health issues, etc.

Again, the horror stories are few and far between. I also think you are not telling me the entire story regarding your back. My father in law who is 84 years old just had his knee replaced, so I don’t buy that they are not willing to do surgery on your back if your life is so negatively impacted by it.

I had back pain a few years back – sciatica that gave me unbearable pain shooting down my leg. I was literally crying it was so bad. I had an MRI in two weeks and was told that I could have surgery, but that it wouldn’t guarantee anything. I was offered physiotherapy as well – chose that and I don’t have the back problem anymore.

Again, it sounds like your hospitals are run poorly. Maybe it’s a Western Canada thing, because I hear the exact opposite from friends, family and people I know.
commented 2018-09-14 05:59:25 -0400
I wonder how long Jim has been out of Canada? How is it that he is waiting for Canadian health care? As a Canadian that lives abroad I am not entitled to healthcare in Canada when I visit, which I can understand as I don’t pay taxes there. I need to purchase medical insurance in advance. I was in a hospital in Fort Saskatchewan, the doctor (who makes the call)…refused to accept our insurance or credit card. Before I could get my stitches (from a fall) my husband had to go back out into a snowstorm and find a bank machine and bring back the required amount of cash. Until then I could sit there dripping blood on the floor because he said he wasn’t touching me without cash in his hand. I was shocked. And yes, I am old enough to remember doctors visiting your home when I was a child.
When a friend of mine said her parents had no family doctor for years since their doctor retired, and there were none to be had in Halifax, I was in disbelief but it seems about 15 % of Canadians do not have a family doctor. This means if more people have to visit emergency for non emergency issues which contributes to the excessive waiting times. When I was growing up we were grateful for our healthcare, though our prescriptions were never free, but the system is strained and improvements are desperately needed. Allowing some private companies to set up businesses to take the strain off the public system would benefit everyone.
commented 2018-09-14 02:37:28 -0400
NICHOLAS CONKLIN
THERE IS NO CALL TO CHANGE OUR SYSTEMONLY TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS.
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And how would these two things be different? If you are going to make improvements the system has to change in some way. So what changes need to be made?

As usual you won’t answer a simple question. I have no expectations that that will change.
commented 2018-09-14 02:34:07 -0400
Most Canadians are getting healthcare for minor issues. I meet a lot of people- usually older- who just figure they have to put up with the pain they re in. After all the doctor told them that. My ex doc who had a back injury and had to wait a year to see the specilaist told me not to get back surgery done in North America, he said we are 30 years behind the Germans.

If I had the money I would go to Germany to get surgery. Here in Canada I can’t get it from our system even if I want to pay for it. They just won’t do it. The doctor in NY would do it but was apprehensive about the cost for me. Especially if it didn’t solve my problems.

One of my neighbours went to Germany after being told by his doc that there was nothing that could be done. He was told that he must make minimal movements or he would be a paraplegic. He went to Germany and surgery and a week later he was out throwing a football with his grandkids.

You haven’t talked to enough people to get the goods on our deficient system. I have a long list of dissatisfied people. I talk to them and I’ve investigate enough to know they are being lied to. You have a vague sense of well being.

I even heard a local radio personality shilling for a medical supply company. He said that he was shopping for a walker since he had spinal stenosis and you know nothing can be done for that. Well, not in Canuckistan. But thousands of Canadians are going to Germany and the US to have exactly that done. He is also being lied to.

Canadians are in the dome of silence but think they know more than they do.

I was in a specialists office a few years back and I saw a file on a credenza that was titled, “Surgery Reduction Plan”. Like an idiot I didn’t grab it a photograph the contents with my phone. Instead I called the health minister’s office and inquired about it. They got back to me a day later and said there is no such file. My wife and I both saw it. Why would I invent such a thing?

And the stream of Canadians going elsewhere continues.
commented 2018-09-13 21:18:18 -0400
Allan,

If millions are Canadians thought they were getting shitty healthcare and were complaining like you are, they would say so in a poll.

Are you actually suggesting that people who have been unhappy with our healthcare system and/or their doctors, would still happily say in a poll that that they love our healthcare like mindless zombies?

The MSM media has nothing to do with it. In fact, the MSM are the ones that have reported when people have needlessly died in Canada or fell through the cracks due to our system, but again – few and far between.
commented 2018-09-13 21:08:19 -0400
Allan Peterson,

It’s not nonsense at all and I never said it was just ONE hospital. Hospitals are even ranked based on how they are run.

Again, the good far outweighs the bad. Lives are saved every single day across Canada – multiple that by 30+ years and your argument completely falls apart. Millions upon millions of Canadians have benefited from our healthcare system in all that time with excellent care and treatment, despite the things you are complaining about.

You need to put things into a proper overall perspective instead of looking at things like a horse with blinders on.

I am talking about the owners of the franchise as well – they often don’t care either, which is why many restaurants have taken back ownership of a franchise that they felt was run poorly and didn’t meet their standards.

You don’t read very well – I never said Canadians love it as is. Try again:

I NEVER said that there wasn’t a problem, but the horror stories like yours are few and far between when you compare to the daily activity of our system and hospitals for the last 30+ years. In other words, the good far outweighs any bad. Not to mention the fact that every single poll that exists has overwhelming support for our healthcare system – 80%+ from Canadians. THERE IS NO CALL TO CHANGE OUR SYSTEMONLY TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS.
commented 2018-09-13 20:33:31 -0400
NICHOLAS CONKLIN
No, it wouldn’t be the system – it’s the hospital.
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Nonsense. The hospital is part of the system. The system is run by the provincial governments. The examples I have given you are form all 4 western provinces. It ain’t just one hospital by a long shot. Whereas it sounds your experience is on hospital fro which you extrapolate to all hospitals. Yes, the do some good work. But there are many thousands of people getting shafted. The doctors I’ve seen are from every hospital in Winnipeg and some from outside.

Opinion polls are meaningless really. Canadians have no other experience and are fed hour stories by the MSM. And they voted in Trudeau so that a speaks volumes.

Your franchise analogy speaks volumes. The workers in a franchise don’t own it so they take no pride in it. Especially unionized workers- not all of course. An owner puts his heart an soul into his own business, employees- rarely. All hospitals used to be privately owned but hen Tommy Douglas put an end to that. So all hospitals are government owned franchises. What could possibly go wrong?

You might want to start along those lines for what could be improved. You say there is room for improvement but hen you say it all sweetness and light and Canadians love it as is. If it can use some improvement where would you start? More money thrown down the rat hole?
commented 2018-09-13 17:08:21 -0400
Allan Peterson,

I have explained exactly how I know that by the fact of the great work that is being done on a daily basis, the lives that are saved every single day and the treatment and care that millions of Canadians get EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I NEVER said that there wasn’t a problem, but the horror stories like yours are few and far between when you compare to the daily activity of our system and hospitals for the last 30+ years. In other words, the good far outweighs any bad. Not to mention the fact that every single poll that exists has overwhelming support for our healthcare system – 80%+ from Canadians. There is no call to change our system – only to make improvements.

No, it wouldn’t be the system – it’s the hospital. Each hospital has their own way of running things and apparently your hospital isn’t run well. It’s no different than a restaurant franchise – they all follow the same plan from head office, but you can go to one franchise and it’s dirty and run poorly with a staff that doesn’t seem to care and then you go to the same franchise in another location of your city and it’s clean, run with pride and they provide excellent customer service.

Best and worst run hospitals is a thing regardless of what the healthcare system is.
commented 2018-09-13 14:54:11 -0400
NICHOLAS CONKLIN

Have you considered that the particular area you live in is run poorly – which isn’t the fault of the system, but is the fault of the particular people in charge of running the hospital where you live.
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Ah,,, that would be the system. The system is the people and plan they run.

“You are indeed the exception”. What an arrogant thing to say. And how would you know that?
This is not just my area. It is my area (Manitoba) it is Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. I have case histories from all of them. I am compiling a list of people who have been screwed by THE SYSTEM. It would be called malpractice anywhere else but since you can’t sue a doctor you just smile and take a heapin’ helpin’ of medical BS. The only solution is a class action suit. And the defunding of the CMPA. I won’t hold my breath.

You are delirious if you think there is no problem. Oh, and I know the ERs are full of people. I have spent 7 hrs in ER. That is not a sign of a system working well. It is sign of a disaster. The never happened in years gone by.
commented 2018-09-13 11:18:20 -0400
Andy Neimers,

Every single poll that I have ever seen has Canadians overwhelming supportive of our system. It’s the very reason no politician on either side has brought up changing our system, because there would be outrage and it would be an election killer.

Canadians love our healthcare system despite it’s flaws which is the case with any healthcare system in the world. There is no magical healthcare plan where people don’t die or fall through the cracks.

I am sorry about your mother, but I don’t entirely buy your claim. That would be the first thing you would have brought up. Not that you are lazy to go to the nearest city and expect billion dollar hospitals to built in buttfuck nowhere cities with small populations.

As well, Sunnybrook is my nearest hospital and I have been there tons of times and can’t complain about anything except the wait times in emergency because the hospital is packed with Canadians receiving treatment. No one is rejected. I call bullshit on that.
commented 2018-09-13 10:54:39 -0400
Allan Peterson,

You are indeed the exception.

Hospitals across Canada are saving lives every single day.

Emergency rooms are generally filled up every single day and people are getting treated every single day.

Canadians are getting tests done every single day.

Canadians are seeing their family doctor every day.

The list goes on and on. These are millions of Canadians across Canada that are using our healthcare system EVERY SINGLE DAY and the horror stories are few and far between.

Now before you respond, consider that as you type – hospitals across Canada are filled with patients who are thankful for the care that they are getting.

I can see my doctor tomorrow if I want to. Have you considered that the particular area you live in is run poorly – which isn’t the fault of the system, but is the fault of the particular people in charge of running the hospital where you live.

What plan do you want Canada to implement then? What’s your brilliant plan that Canada isn’t thinking about?
commented 2018-09-13 09:55:38 -0400
Nicholas, I am not the exception by any means. I have friends and relatives dismissed after the 15 minutes of their appointment are up. Two of whom had cancer. But you cannot sue a doctor in Cancukistan. I have met many people who have had the same treatment. I have a list of about 20 without even seeking them out. I just ran into them in at stores, gas stations, etc.

Why do you keep insisting we only have two options? Why only our status quo and the American system? Are we not able to think any further than that? You say “Improvements need to be made”. What might those improvements be? Throwing more money into the cess pool? We’ve been doing that for years.

We could start by restricting immigration of the bogus refugees who contribute nothing to the tax pool but rather suck it dry.

25 years ago I used to be able to make an next day appointment with my doctor. Now they tell me it will be a minimum of 3 weeks. Why did this change? Could it be a coincidence that immigration started to skyrocket about the same time. Now I don’t even have a doctor and the walk in docs give me crap for not having up to date tests.

Our system is crap. So what do you recommend to “make improvements”?
commented 2018-09-13 02:11:29 -0400
After appealing to common sense and rational argument , it would appear that we do live in a healthcare “Kabuki Land” here in Canada… We have a Healthcare system IMPOSED by the government, WHICH nobody can opt out, but which is NOT available to one and all on an equal basis depending on where you live…. As for “most Canadians have been very supportive of our system” you have evidently not been in an emergency room in your life!… You want to test me Buddie Boy on how my 94 year old mother died soon after being rejected by the emergency ward at Sunnybrook Hospital, just go for it!!!
commented 2018-09-12 23:46:56 -0400
Allan Peterson,

I am sorry for your situation, but there are doctors that don’t give a shit even when you are personally paying them.

There are asshole doctors, lawyers and everything in between who should be giving 100%, but really don’t care or lost their passion to help people. It has nothing to do

I think you are the exception. Not the rule. Most Canadians (left and right – it’s not even political) have been very supportive of our system for decades and would not want it taken away for an American like system, but yes, improvements need to be made.
commented 2018-09-12 23:37:42 -0400
Allan Peterson,

I only asked because people do that all the time.

You are not really paying twice since you can use Canadian Healthcare for things that you have already acknowledged are great at like my heart example or lesser things like cold or flu, but for things that aren’t as good, you find another way.

Again, people do this every single day. I am not suggesting some kooky idea that many millions of people haven’t done already.
commented 2018-09-12 23:20:29 -0400
NICHOLAS CONKLIN commented 6 hours ago
Andy Neimers,

Sorry, but that’s not reasonable. Healthcare isn’t pizza. You have to go to where the doctors, specialists and medical equipment like people do everyday and they are not whining like you are.

Are you too lazy to get off your couch or something? Is it an obesity thing and you can’t leave the house?
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I have gone to where the doctors are. I’ve seen 15 of them in fact. After 10 years I still don’t have a diagnosis. Nor will I get one because they have forgotten I exist. They have no vested interest in the outcome my health. They get paid to see me not to heal me. That’s why it won’t ever happen. They are quite happy to have me walk through their doors because that way they get paid. Once I walk out the door they immediately forget I exist.

I told one of my neurologists that and he claimed he didn’t forget me. So I asked him, “Well then, what have you done for me in the year since I was last here?” Crickets. I told him, “The silence is deafening”. He still had nothing to say. Because he knew damned well he had forgotten me.

Same with the other big shot neurologist. I asked him, “What have you read?” He said, “What do you mean, what have I read?” I told him. “When I was here last year you said this was very unusual case and you would do some reading. What have you read?”

His response was, “Yes, I have done some reading.” I said, “I asked you what specifically your have read because we both know you haven’t read a damned thing, have you?” He had to admit he hadn’t. That is the quality of care we get in Canuckistan. Docs have no vested interest in the outcome because they get paid to see you not to heal you.

And you can’t even sue a doctor in Canada. Technically yes, practically, no. Nice work if you can get it, I suppose.

And lefties like you don’t want any change so that you can continue to live in your fantasy world of “free” healthcare.
commented 2018-09-12 23:08:54 -0400
NICHOLAS CONKLIN
Were you not in a position where you could just pay for the doctor of your choice if you didn’t want to rely on Canada’s system?
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Ah…no. Taxes sucked that ability out of my bank account. Why should I pay twice?
commented 2018-09-12 17:11:53 -0400
Andy,

No one is imposing anything. You can make any free market choice you want for your family and their healthcare.

I am happy with Canada’s system for the most part – you are not, although it sounds like it’s primarily your fault because you live in some fantasy world where you think billion dollar hospitals should be built in nowhere rural towns with very small populations.

God forbid you have to drive to the nearest city that won’t take long at all.
commented 2018-09-12 17:03:51 -0400
Andy Neimers,

Sorry, but that’s not reasonable. Healthcare isn’t pizza. You have to go to where the doctors, specialists and medical equipment like people do everyday and they are not whining like you are.

Are you too lazy to get off your couch or something? Is it an obesity thing and you can’t leave the house?
commented 2018-09-12 16:51:28 -0400
Well, if you can’t “Deliver” then “Don’t impose it in the first place!!!!!”… Your “logic elevator” evidently, very evidently, doesn’t go to the top floor if you can’t grasp that simple socialist fault of the system…
commented 2018-09-12 16:39:04 -0400
Andy,

I have repeatedly admitted the problems and that improvements that need to be made.

The argument you are trying to make though isn’t logical or reasonable, so there is nothing more I can say.

If I was going to move somewhere more rural, I would take into consideration how long it would take us to get to the nearest hospital and other healthcare aspects when it comes to my family. Did you do that?

People travel all the time across Canada and The US get the healthcare they need. Get over yourself. You can take advantage of the Canadian Healthcare system, but no one said that it would be delivered to your front door, especially if you live in the middle of nowhere.
commented 2018-09-12 16:06:15 -0400
Nicholas Conklin.. Why are you so desperately bobbing and weaving at avoided admitting the all too apparent fault in Canada’s GOVERNMENT IMPOSED healthcare system? It is IMPOSED on all of us without choice but evidently NOT ADMINISTERED OR AVAILABLE to all of us? Why should I have to buy additional private insurance or have to head to the United States for timely treatment, from rural Canada, IF the system is truly universal?…. It’s a dichotomy, a double standard, evident in daily experience across Canada – the system is “socialist mandatory” but the “care” is not! Or do you still not “get it”?…
commented 2018-09-12 12:54:37 -0400
Allan Peterson,

I have had plenty of medical conditions over the years that don’t meet the big three and I have gotten excellent care relatively quickly.

My experience and the experience of my family isn’t remotely limited, but like I have already conceded, it’s not 100% across the board all over Canada and it does depend on where you live. That’s where improvements need to be made, however that same problem exists in America and other countries as well.

I don’t remember doctors doing house calls at all, unless they were a personal friend of the family. I guess you are older than 40 to 50.

Were you not in a position where you could just pay for the doctor of your choice if you didn’t want to rely on Canada’s system?
commented 2018-09-12 10:29:53 -0400
Nicholas, no one is expecting perfection. But we would like some talk on how to make it better in structural ways. Not just, “Lets throw a few million dollars more at it and then shut up”.

Why is our system which is admittedly deficient by all sides sacrosanct and immutable? Why are the left always telling us that there are only two ways- ours and the Yank’s with absolutely no middle ground? Surely we are capable of trouble shooting the mess we are in.
commented 2018-09-12 10:25:32 -0400
Nicholas, you just proved my point. You experience is limited. You got the benefit of the Best Critical Care Clinic in the World. If you have one of the Big Three- heart attack, cancer or stroke- they go into high gear. Otherwise you wait. Like me and tens of thousands of others.

I also remember doctors doing house calls. Not no more.