Wendell Potter, the former health insurance who has exposed much of that industry’s lies and deceptions, has recently called for more videos precisely like this one:
In August of 2009, my brother and I went to a family summer camp in Ontario. While there, we decided we’d use his little family cam and do some interviews with real Canadians, discussing their health care system. But for a few prepared questions, it was completely unscripted. Most of the people were all from a small Island community.
It was far more successful than we dreamed, mainly because it exposed just how little the American media—or its the government—were really doing to tell the truth about the Canadian health system. It’s received tens of thousands of YouTube views, and almost as many comments. It was also blogged by Huffington Post, and received over 1000 comments.
As of today (3/25/2010), the United States has just made a giant step toward finally providing some basic health care for its people. It was made difficult mostly because of a half-century of selfish, corporate, and Republican resistance and malfeasance.
It’s a big step, but only the very first step. The goal must be a true single payer system, every bit as good as the one you are about to hear about in this video.