Saturday, June 20, 2009

Soviet Canuckistan

A comment in an old post reminded me I haven't wrote about my health in a while.
JeffG said...
Thank god for socialized health care. You'll only have to suffer in a living hell of darkness for, what, 6 months?

You fucking Canuck, tard. Suck on that socialism.

I don't normaly give trolls that kind of exposure, but with what's going on in the US right now, it's a good oppotunity to talk about SOCIALIZED (eeeeevil!) medicine. The commenter's named linked to Jeff Goldstein, a wingnut blogger with an inferiority complex, but I doubt it's him. He would use a sock-puppet to troll, as he got caught doing in the past.

But ANYWAY, I am feeling better. I have been followed by a social worker from almost the very start, which helped a lot and is free. I've had trouble finding a doctor, but this is partly my fault because I never got a family doctor, and because the first doctor I saw was an ass. Which cannot be blammed on SOCIALIZED (communiiiiist!) healthcare. I would have tried to find another doctor sooner, but TL;DR story, I was messed up. But for the past two months, I'm being followed by a doctor (free) and I am on an anti-depressant treatment (only 15$ a month for the pills, thanks to a state medicine collective insurrance). So yeah, SOCIALIZED (faaaaaaag!) medicine sucks a lot, NOT! As the Republicans always say: "Do you want bureaucrats taking care of your health?" If it's a choice between bureaucrats and an insurrance company looking to make a profit on my ass, fuck yeah I'll take the bureaucrat!

Anyway, I'm doing better. Not perfect, but a lot better. It'll take time. I'm taking things slowly, a long vacation. And for those who told me not to take pills, well sorry, you didn't know what you were talking about. :p But not as wrong as that troll was, lol!


Blogger Kai v3.0 said...

I want some!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad you're starting to feel better

2:11 PM  
Blogger ward said...

I'm glad that you finally blogged on this subject. Discussion of nationalized healthcare has become a hot-button topic here, and it's nice to finally hear from someone who benefits from such a system. So much propaganda is going around right now from people who, in all likelihood, are just pulling shit out of their asses. These people apparently associate bureaucracy with standing in line at the DMV and can't foresee how healthcare could possibly be any different. So thank you for sharing this.

I'm also glad you didn't let the propaganda about medicine get to you. Thanks to pop psychology and Scientology, there seems to be this paranoia regarding the administration of medication to treat psychiatric issues. Good on ya, Sirk, glad you're feeling better. Hope all goes well on the road to recovery ^^b.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

The things we hear about Canada from Republicans, it's crazy. I remember one guy telling me Canada had a major crime problem and our homocide rates were through the roof. I dunno what kind of fucked up talk radio he listened to.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Kai v3.0 said...

It's the sort of stuff that you hear when you're stuck on the interstate trying to get into DC.

2:54 PM  
Blogger ward said...

Listening to wingnut radio is bound to either entertain you, piss you off, or give you brain damage. Of course, there are worse things - like listening to guys in tin-foil hats.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Kai v3.0 said...

I should draw some weird fanart to cheer you up.

Or write that story I keep saying I'm going to write but always put off in favor of playing Halo.

I was gonna draw your characters as the cast of Cowboy Bebop but I don't think my skills are up to snuff as they used to be.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to hear/read whatever...

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to hear/read whatever...

7:22 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

"there are worse things - like listening to guys in tin-foil hats."

The difference is thin these days. Where's Obama's birth certificate, Obama is a Muslim extremist and an atheist socialist. The Black Helicopters are gonna make a comeback pretty soon.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Tainted Ink said...

Glad you're doing better. Eva has been feeling neglected and she's pissed.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Kai v3.0 said...

"The Black Helicopters are gonna make a comeback pretty soon."

So are the men in white coats :P

10:35 PM  
Blogger ward said...

"The difference is thin these days. Where's Obama's birth certificate"

Good point, it's getting to where I wouldn't be surprised if Beck invites Alex Jones on his show so they can compare persecution/paranoia complexes. Wait, that's actually kinda scary...

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

damn dude, i've been thinking about you off and on for a few months. "Huh, that's weird, i never see him on aim anymore"

Glad to hear you're doing fine and everything is getting better. Good to hear from you again, Sirk mah boi.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anders said...

Good to hear you're getting better. Hope the side-effects of that commie medication aren't too bad ;)

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Pit said...

Some anecdotal shit from the states... I haven't been to the doctor in seven years, no insurance. The longest wait I've ever had at the DMV was 10 minutes. And whenever a politician with an R in front of his name says Public Healthcare will turn doctor's offices into DMV-like bureaucracies I think to myself, "that's the most beautiful thing I can think of!"

3:43 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Yeah, but does that mean that like the DMV, your doctor will me black??? OMGS the humanity XD

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Mr. Pit above, I have no health insurance so I just don't visit the doctor. The system works great if you're loaded, it works terribly if you're lower middle class and below. I may have a very good immune system, so any sickness I get over, but if I get in an accident I am good and truly fucked.

The people we hear all of this anti-nationalized healthcare shit from have money.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous meG said...

It's good to know you are doing well.

Damn I would love it if we could get that down here. Unfrotunately you know that I live in the south and therefore at even the mention of such things rocks are thrown at my head.

7:13 PM  
Blogger ward said...

Don't worry meG, I can relate.

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Pit said...

We'll still not have any black doctors. Our horrible school system will see to that!

That reminds me, why the hell isn't "free college" on anyone's lips? We need doctors, so why not make it easier to become one? Make college merit based and remove the drowning-in-debt barrier most medical students are faced with. But that makes too much sense--No no, we'd rather just say, "thank you for taking on this noble profession... now fuck you, you're our debt-slave for the next 10 to 15 years and we reserve the right to sue you back into the poor house as soon as you make a mistake."

It's like our health care system was designed by fucking Skeletor.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous 0kami said...

Ugh, health care in this country... I keep waiting for when we'll finally start taking care of it. I think it's great that hospitals would be run like bureaucracies; at least they work on patients because it;s their job, not because they'll pony up some dough at the end.

I had no insurance for several years, always had a fantastic immune system, then had an accident one day, had to go to the ER and get my head stitched together (true) and was in the hole about 10 grand. Almost anything would be a step up from this squalid system we have now.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Kai v3.0 said...

I'd like to point out that people should get incentives for going into medicine.

There's simply not enough doctors, they work in hellish conditions by most standards, especially ER doctors.

Of course, it doesn't help that the medicines and equipment that hospitals need are expensive as fuck, too, because let's face it, operating a hospital is not something you can do on a shoestring budget.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Sailor Scorpio said...

Thank you for proving a point. Seriously, I'd love to not have to worry about healthcare like I do right now. In fact, it would make my life that much easier if it was free/ low-cost.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Debunking Canadian health care myths

Myth: Taxes in Canada are extremely high, mostly because of national health care.

In actuality, taxes are nearly equal on both sides of the border. Overall, Canada's taxes are slightly higher than those in the U.S. However, Canadians are afforded many benefits for their tax dollars, even beyond health care (e.g., tax credits, family allowance, cheaper higher education), so the end result is a wash. At the end of the day, the average after-tax income of Canadian workers is equal to about 82 percent of their gross pay. In the U.S., that average is 81.9 percent.

Read the rest.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Hentaikid said...

Well glad to hear the pills worked for you! I just find mind altering chemicals scary, but I'm not a scientologist or nothin'


3:43 PM  
Blogger Hubert said...

Yeah, most countries turn towards a certain amount of social democracy (especially "liberals", even though that's left wing in the US, right wing in Europe, and center in Canada) in the long term because it makes a fairly stable system (as long as the base ressources don't run out!). The one reason you'd stay away from socialism is that it provides some services that cost money, which means you must have taxes, and taxes raise the barrier at which your business becomes profitable (ie stiffles businessmanship). In practice, Canada is actually great for businesses: the red tape is low; the tax rate for businesses is actually not particularly high; if you go bankrupt, the system is made so that you can get back on your feet and try again; and so on...

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Hentaikid said...

Also I find the image of a doctor "following you" hilarious. That could get annoying, unless the doctor is also a ninja and you can't tell he's there!


6:42 PM  
Blogger ward said...

Check it out, Beck shouts down the healthcare argument. I think he might have burst a vessel on that one, lulz.

He's gone from deluded jackass to deluded jackass with high blood pressure, huh?

12:30 AM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Don't know if want... :-S

3:59 PM  
Blogger ward said...

The way he blows up in that clip just makes me laugh. By the time he gets to "GET OFF MY PHONE!", I'm dying of laughter. I don't know, I guess there's just something about a guy yelling himself into a stroke when he can't win an argument on his own show that I find absolutely hilarious.

2:04 AM  

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