King of Turd Mountain
- Sep 8, 2015
Imagine making $15 p/hr (our min wage is $7.25) and trying to pay for your own health insurance on top of that. Imagine going bankrupt, because you can't pay for your hospital bills (many times basic care). Imagine having health insurance and getting rejected for a procedure, because although you have insurance, it doesn't cover it. Imagine having to choose between feeding your family or paying for your $750 p/month insulin or a life-saving drug that the manufacturers make for $3. These are just a few examples of the nightmare Americans deal with every-single-day. The system is broken. Your system is not perfect, but it's sure better than what we have. And the main reason Canadians come here (the ones that have the money) is for elective surgeries.Where I live right now, minimum wage is $15 an hour. Guess how much it costs to rent a 1 bedroom apartment in a town in the middle of a frozen wasteland with a population of 18,000 people? $1200 a month if you know somebody. Decent cable and internet costs $170 a month and families are expected to have to pay around $670 more next year for groceries that are continually low-quality.
When the minimum wage increases, everything increases- for everybody. Also, the employees that used to work for 40 hours a week? They're now working for 29 hours a week or less, and their experience at work is worse because the employer now expects double the work to be done. That is, if the employer doesn't need to shut down.
BTW- Ask someone in a major city in Canada if $15 an hour is enough- not a single person working a minimum wage job will say yes. In order for people to live in a big city (which is where all the people who complain about minimum wage live/want to live) the minimum wage would need to be $18 an hour or more. The wage isn't the problem- the people and their $100 monthly mobile phone bills and Starbucks addictions are.
Yeah, I can walk into an emergency room, get prescribed the wrong antibiotics because the doctor I'm dealing with is a generalist, and get sent on my way. Then, I can wait for 2 months to see my GP so I can get referred to a specialist, and I can wait another 3+ months to see the specialist.
I had a health issue back in November of 2019 that didn't get resolved until August 2020. Without COVID, my problem wouldn't have been solved until April 2020- a 5 month wait during "good" times.
There's a reason why so many Canadians cross the border to get their medical issues solved...