I am Canadian so Bernie’s proposals regarding healthcare are not alarming to me, I wish that what he is proposing was the universal health care we had in Canada. But it isn’t.
He implies that we have a one payer system. The federal government flows money to the provinces and territories who are responsible for the provision of health care. Our health care does not include pharmacare except for children, the indigent and seniors. Public-sector dental expenditures are targeted primarily to children, seniors, eligible Indigenous individuals and the disabled.
The fact is that private insurances paid by workplaces or individuals provide supplemental health services not covered in universal health care. This includes but is not limited to, prescription drugs, dental care, eye glasses out of province travel, chiropractor, massage therapy, psychological services, in home care, etc.
Meaning that Canada’s system is more akin to what Joe Biden is proposing rather than Bernie’s vision.
In my book I identified my preference for Bernie at the beginning of the primaries in 2015 and that I was not a fan of Hillary’s. It was not long before that shifted and I did a 180, supporting Hillary. I admire his vision and his consistency in supporting it. I was troubled by his inflexibility and questioned his leadership in being able to implement his vision.
As a leader, it is your responsibility to persuade people to support your vision. It does not matter how right you are about something, you cannot simply declare you are implementing in absence of support. Sometimes you have to implement in stages to demonstrate to people that it will be a success. I wanted to implement a primary care service in a community mental health agency. I knew I was right but there was resistance. I started with the role of a nurse practitioner who clearly demonstrated the effectiveness and value. I have been retire for ten years and it is still a viable service and has expanded.
With Bernie it seems all or nothing.
A good leader will develop loyalty to the cause or mission, not themselves. If the primary concern is to further the movement, then Bernie’s supporters would have migrated to support Hillary who had incorporated many of the movement’s goals in the Democratic platform. There seems to be a forgiveness in this for the last election on the basis of dislike for Hillary. That is a red herring. It is now happening with Joe Biden.
I think we may see the same trend in Bernie supporters migrating to Trump or not voting.
This is contraindicated in Bernie’s declaration that the most important goal is to replace Donald Trump. He still refuses to accept responsibility for this.
It is those who did not vote that got Trump into power.
Pamela Hines is a retired CEO of a community health organization and author of The Trumping of America: A Wake Up Call to the Free World.