Shona Holmes is irritating me. What did those republicans in Washington DC pay this poor Canadian woman to do their commercials? And do you want to know what her real diagnosis was? Check the Mayo Clinic’s PR material!

They said it was a Rathke’s cleft cyst (RCC), a fluid-filled sac growing near the pituitary gland at the base of the brain which could eventually can cause hormone and vision problems. NOT a brain tumor, not brain cancer which was going to kill her in a few months, but a cyst. Come on guys, didn’t your moms ever tell you it’s not nice to tell lies? Want a more well rounded picture of the Shona Holmes story? Try the Daily Kos.

What I like about health care in Nova Scotia (and the rest of Canada) is that I know my fellow human beings here will be looked after if they are sick, whether they have extra insurance or not. I know that I don’t have to worry about my neighbors here. And that means a lot to me. I like living in a country that cares for its citizens as best it can. It really does feel friendlier. Many of my self employed artist friends in the States can no longer afford insurance. All they can do is pray to stay healthy. That is a worry.

So when I heard that Fox news was pushing Shona Holmes’ story, and saw the advertising, and heard people wondering what it is like to live up here in Canada, I couldn’t help myself, I had to post again. I am so tired of Fox (Faux) News!

Want to know what Canadians think about their health care?
1. Don’t listen to someone who is getting paid to tell you what their health care is like.
2. If you hear a Canadian grumbling about their health care, ask them if they’d like to give it up for the US system. In my experience humans love to grumble and can find flaws in anything but the true test would be are they willing to do without?
3. If you are being told something and you start to wonder about the truthfulness of it, ask yourself this little question: “Who benefits?”
When applied to just about anything, you can easily find truth.

If you were to believe Shona Holmes’ story who would benefit? The big insurance companies. They are paying a lot of money to get you to believe and you know they don’t give out money very easily.
Here’s another example, Bill Moyers on health care. Who benefits from believing Bill Moyers? You do.