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Mike Pence Bashes Canadian Healthcare Even Though Canadians Live Longer Than Americans

Vice President Mike Pence expressed fear while speaking to an Alaskan radio host. Mr. Pence fears that one day the U.S. may adopt single-payer health insurance like its neighbor to the North. (Photo Credit: Michael Vadon / Flickr)

Vice President Mike Pence expressed fear while speaking to an Alaskan radio host. Mr. Pence fears that one day the U.S. may adopt single-payer health insurance like its Canadian neighbor according to Global News Canada .

The vice-president of the United States has some less-than-complimentary words for Canada’s health-care system, which he accuses of certain “failings.” Mike Pence made the remarks in an interview last week with Alaska radio station KFQD.“You know, somewhere in between where I’m sitting in Washington, D.C., and (you) Alaska, is a place called Canada. I probably don’t need to tell the people Alaska about the failings of national socialized health care because it’s right in our neighbour and you see the results every day."

While Canada's health care system is imperfect (all systems have flaws but some have much less than others), it's outcomes far surpass those of its American neighbor.

Canada’s health system is known to suffer from long wait times, especially for elective procedures. On the other hand, Canadians not only have longer life expectancies, but also spend far less on health care than Americans according to World Bank data.

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