To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Thursday, July 18, 2024


And Americans Don’t Want This?


Editor’s Note: The following is a letter sent to Ron du Bois, co-founder of Oklahomans for Universal Health Care. He is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer and lives in Stillwater, OK.


I had an argument with a golf cart over a year ago. I cut my arm and did serious damage to my right leg. I was taken to the hospital where I stayed for two months. The orthopedic surgeon told me I had broken my tibia and that my knee was a total mess.

A special brace was made for me which I wore day and night for 6 months. When I left the hospital I was loaned a wheel chair at no charge. I did have to rent or buy some equipment for the bathroom.

I couldn’t put any weight on the leg until the tibia healed.

Home Care came in four times a week to fix lunch or supper or heat up meals, another came to bathe me once a week, another to wash and clean the apartment every second week.

Once out of the hospital, and the tibia had healed, I started therapy to try and build up the muscles so they would hold up for a knee replacement. I then had the knee replacement surgery which included a shaft down the leg.

Now months later I still am taking therapy. I continue to have individual one hour sessions, twice a week.

Also, they gave me a Handicap Permit so that I can park close to entrances.

I am now looking after myself except for the lady that comes in to do the washing and the cleaning.

There are also follow up appointments with the surgeon. In addition, while I was in hospital for more than two months for the surgery… all medication was administered free of charge including a blood pressure pill which I have taken for some time.

Anyway, Ron, can you imagine how much this would cost in the U.S.? Yet in Canada no one sees a medical bill! Everyone is covered through public taxation, available to all as a birthright regardless of ability to pay. There is no such thing as medical bankruptcy here. We pay a fraction of the GDP of Americans and it covers everyone from birth to death.

I sent your letter to a high school grad who lives in California and he doesn’t understand the thinking of Americans who associate our plan with Communism. Most Canadians [96%] can’t understand why Americans don’t want what we have!

The author lives in Winnipeg

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.