Ontario Woman defends anti-Canadian Style Health Care Ad
Canada's Health Care System is being used as a political pawn in the U.S. debate on Health Care Reform.
What is not being told by Patients United, that no one has come to Canada to actually look at the system in various regions. Patients United says they did not do any investigations in Canada, but that Canadians had come to them with their stories.
Shona Holmes, a Canadian woman that appears in U.S. anti-Canadian style health care ad, has defended her participation. She says she would have died had she relied on Canadian Health Care.
Holmes had a brain tumor and mortgaged her house for $100,000 and received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She is currently suing the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) to recover the cost of treatment.
In an interview on CBC she said she did not get paid for the ad, except for her expenses, which she hasn't submitted yet. She said she felt she had a responsibility to speak out.
The ad was run by an anti Obama care group, Patients United Now.
In the ad Holmes says she would have died had she relied on Canadian Health Care.
Shona Holmes story in CNNs Reality Check: Canada's Government Health Care System
Ottawa Citizen Reality Check on Reality Check:
Holmes, from Waterdown, Ont., said she would have died had she relied on the Canadian health-care system and waited to see a specialist. Instead, she mortgaged her home, paid $100,000 and was treated at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She is currently suing OHIP to recoup those costs.
"Every time that I decide I'm not going to do anything more for this situation or the cause — not this particular ad campaign, I don’t meant that — but about speaking out against our health-care system, I get another really sad phone call or desperate phone call of somebody who is tragically trying to get treatment in Canada and can't.
"And I felt that I really had a responsibility to speak out."
The advertisement is being run by a conservative group opposed to U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to involve the government playing a role in reforming U.S. health care.