Health Care- Obama's Foe is a Canadian Doctor from Manitoba
A majority of Americans recognize that the US Health Care need reform. Almost 75% of Americans are in President Obama's corner when it comes to the remedy and a government insurance plan.
The Administration has set a deadline for August 2009 to have a bill passed in the House.
The GOP has a Manitoba born physician on their side. Dr. David Gratzer, armed with statistics, came to testify on Capitol Hill this week. His statistics include waiting lists for procedures in Canada and the consequences of a government run health care plan.
David Gratzer is a veteran of the battles over Canada's Health Care System a decade ago, which argued the failure of Canada's Health Care System. Dr. Gratzer published he book Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System. It won Canada's Donner Prize for best public-policy book in 1999.
Gratzer feels if the House Bill can't be passed before August , the Congressional recess, it will become a totally different battle when everything will be on the table.
According to Dr. Gratzer, the most dangerous part of the Obama plan is that a government managed plan would cripple private insurers. He estimates that 120 million Americans would abandon their current plans if a public plan emerged.
Dr. David Gratzer Manhattan Institute. Read his credentials here
When it comes to fighting for the creation of a U. S. government-insurance plan to remedy the health-care crisis in the United States, President Barack Obama has almost three-quarters of the American public in his corner.
Republican opponents, on the other hand, have Dr. David Gratzer, a Manitoba-born physician who came to Capitol Hill last week armed with a stack of statistics about patient wait lists in Canada, and a fusillade of dire warnings about the life-threatening consequences of government-managed care.
An unfair fight? Not so fast. With the clock ticking on Mr. Obama's August deadline for passage of health-care legislation in the House of Representatives, it's not entirely clear whether the President of the United States, or a self-described libertarian from Winnipeg, has the upper hand.