People will never give up believing in magic.
They actually believe that government can provide services more cheaply than private industry can, and that whatever the government provides should not have any impact on their finances.
TYhen there are the ones that want to target just what they see as the bad guys. Tax tobacco, alcohol, etc. more and more and more. What they don't realize is that over 80% of the cost of alcohol today is taxes, approximately 90% of the cost of tobacco products is taxes, etc. Every time the government does another significant increase in the taxes of those things, they drive more people into either not using them, or purchasing from illicit sources. The governments revenue actually declines in most cases.
As to "junk food". One persons "junk food" is anothers sustanence. What right do you, or the government, have in determining what a person can, or can not choose to eat? It is not governments role to do that.
Sorry, but if you are going to tax for medical care, then that tax should be evenly spread out upon all aspects of the society.
Canada has chosen to only allow the government to control all payment for medical services. That puts the government in total and complete control of medicine. Until the people demand that this be changed, you will see the inequities that currently exist in Canadian healthcare become more and more prevalent. As it stand right now, those in the cities get significantly better and more timely care than those that live in smaller towns or rural areas. This has gotten much worse over the years, and it is a trend that will not change.
Canada is losing medical professionals because they can do much better economically, and they can control their own practices, in other countries.
If Canada wants to change anything, they should look at the German system. There, everyone has health care, but they also have a free market.
I have absolutely no complaints about the health care I receive in Manitoba.
Might turn me into a New Democrat.
Bunch of idiots. If you want to promote a tax increase to improve Medicare, or otherwise accept the reduced availability of Medicare, fair enough: I can respect both positions. But if you think you can get better Medicare without a tax increase can I have some of whatever it is you're smoking sir.