I once had two GM Olds Sierras, one made in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and one
made in Georgia, USA, the city I don't remember. While they were basically
the same design, there were significant differences in the construction. The
Canadian car lasted for about 10 years while the Georgia car was nothing but
trouble, transmission had to be replaced, I was on the third rack and pinion
steering, it would stall going over every speed bump plus other problems.
Just a little aside to all those who complain about creeping
"socialism". From what I understand Canada has much stronger
protections for workers, AND national health care, yet our great
American auto manufacturers find it cheaper to build cars and parts in
Canada than here in the good ol' "free-market" United States.
Maybe, just maybe, to achieve living conditions that benefit more people
rather than a few at the top, it's worthwhile to consider ways of
running a society that virtually every other industrialized country has
It costs GM $1,200 per vehicle less to build cars in Canada than in the U.S.
because they don't have the cost of an employee health plan. However
everything has to be paid for, and the monthly health insurance fee
Canadians pay only covers a tiny fraction of their govt.-run provincial
health insurance expenditures. So guess who gets to pick up the difference?
That's right, the taxpayer. Unfortunately there's never enough tax money
fill the gap, so the quality of health care in Canada has been declining for
some time. In 2005 a lawsuit by a guy who had been waiting over a year for
hip-replacement surgery went all the way to their supreme court which ruled
that prohibiting people from going outside the govt. system was
unconstitutional given that life-threatening delays in diagnosis and
treatment had become widespread.
Sure, the U.S. health insurance companies manage to absorb a quarter of all
the money they take in for administrative overhead, double what the govt.
insurance plans in Canada consume internally. Ten percent of what Americans
with insurance pay is "shifted" by the health care industry to cover their
costs when they have to treat uninsured patients, aside from billions more
in tax dollars. And one in six Americans has no health insurance. The U.S.
system (or lack of a system) is a shambles, but just copying the Canadian
system is probably not the solution.
Ever heard of the Auto Pact between the US and Canada?
It's only been around since 1965...
"The Auto Pact eliminated trade tariffs between the two countries and
created a single North American manufacturing market. Tariffs between
the two countries were eliminated on cars, trucks, buses, tires and
automotive parts. The single market allowed Chrysler, Ford and General
Motors to rationalize production in Canada and the United States and
form a single integrated production and marketing system."
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Yep. Like the chap who had the equivalent of a perpetual motion business:
He'd feed the mice to the cats and the cat carcasses to the mice. In
between, he'd harvest the cat fur.
Admittedly, in this metaphor, I'm not sure who the worker or tax-payer is.
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