3 Things I Want to Say About Obamacare: 1


1. I’ve been living in Poland for 9 years now. I’ve had better access to healthcare in that time than I ever did in the States. It’s socialized healthcare, much like Canada and many other countries. It’s not perfect by any means (then again, that HMO you’re paying for is far from perfect too), but it’s comforting to know that I have access to basic coverage when I need it.

2. I’m not saying that Obamacare is the answer, but doesn’t it bother anyone that the U.S. ranked #37 in the world in terms of quality healthcare in 2000, and since then has dropped even more. You know Greece, that country giving everyone a huge economic headache? They ranked #14. You know Saudi Arabia, the country where supposedly all of the terrorists who attacked the U.S. on 9/11 came from? They ranked #26. You know France, the country that’s always picking on the U.S.? They ranked #1. When did the best country in the world settle for #37, especially when it comes to quality of life?

3. Having lived in a post-Communist country for a while now, I can say with certainty that the U.S. is not anywhere remotely close to becoming a Communist state. If you honestly feel otherwise, then you don’t understand what Communism really is. And if you think it makes you sound clever or smart to drop words like “Communism” or “Nazi Germany” into conversations regarding healthcare, it actually magnifies your ignorance. What you really mean to say is that the decision of the Supreme Court is one you disagree strongly with, or that you feel uncomfortable with the direction you believe the country is heading – both of these opinions are perfectly valid.

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About Christian A. Dumais

Christian A. Dumais is an American writer, humorist and public speaker living in Wrocław, Poland. He has published fiction, journalism, and academic articles in several magazines and journals such as GUD, Shock Totem and Ha!Art. His first collection of short stories, Empty Rooms Lonely Countries, was published in 2009. He also created, edited, and contributed to Cover Stories, a euphictional anthology of 100 stories inspired by songs, which was published in 2010. His most recent book is SMASHED: The Life and Tweets of Drunk Hulk.


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  • Peter

    Response to 1 and 2: the reason those countries are able to have cheap socialized medicine is because it is subsidized by the US non universal healthcare system where the payback to innovation (most, BUT NOT ALL, done here) is much faster and once the costs are recouped they are then able to be sold cheaper worldwide. Additionally the other countries do not have to spend on defense as % of their budgets as we subsidize that too as the “worlds cop” … nothing in this world is free.

    And response to 3. I grew up in Russia, and now here and I disagree with you. While its not “socialism” today it sure smells like it. You can put lipstick on a pig and call it something else, but a pig is still a pig. Entitlements are a slippery slope and Soviet Union collapsed because it couldn’t afford that system anymore and yet here we are embracing it again. Thus the greatest trick the Soviet Union ever pulled was letting America think we won the Cold War.