It has literally always been a lie. These lies have killed millions of Americans over the years. It has cost the US Trillions of dollars in lost efficiency and higher healthcare costs over the years. It has helped drag down the life expectancy of the US, meaning, ultimately, that Americans have lost hundreds of millions of years from their lives.
It was always a lie.
[id: The first six images are a twitter thread by Wendell Potter @ wendellpotter on June 25 2020. Thread reads: “Amid America’s #COVID19 disaster, I must come clean about a lie I spread as a health insurance exec: We spend big $$ to push the idea that Canada’s single-payer system was awful and the U.S. system much better. It was a lie & the nations’ COVID responses prove it. The truth:
Canada’s doing much better than the U.S. when it comes to #COVID19 testing and treatment. On a per capita basis, more Canadians are getting tested & fewer getting sick & dying. This may shock Americans who still believe the lies I told about the Canadian health care system.
Here’s the truth: Our industry PR & lobbying group, AHIP, supplied my colleagues & me with cherry-picked data & anecdotes to make people think Canadians wait endlessly for their care. It’s a lie & I’ll always regret the disservice I did to folks on both sides of the border.
In Canada, no one gets turned away from doctors due to lack of funds. In America, exorbitant bills are a defining feature of the system. What about Quality of care? When it comes to #COVID19, there’s been ~21 deaths per 100,000 in Canada, versus 34 per 100,000 in the U.S.
Remember, in Canada there are no co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance ever. Care is free at the point of service. And those laid off in Canada don’t face the worry of losing their health insurance. In the U.S., millions are losing their jobs and coverage, and scared to death.
You learn a lot about a healthcare system when a global crisis hits & different nations have different results. Canada’s single-payer system is saving lives. The U.S. profit-driven corporate model is failing.
I’ll regret slandering Canada’s system for the rest of my life.” End thread.
The final image is Wendell Potter’s twitter bio. It reads: “Former VP, @ cigna. Whistleblower and reformed insurance propagandist. President, @ M4A_NOW, @ BusinessM4A. Media inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org” and gives his location as Philadelphia, PA and his website as wendellpotter.com. End id.]