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Millionaire Pro Athlete Brock Lesnar Makes the Case For the American Health Care System

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Not surprisingly, Brock Lesnar‘s dismissive comments about the Canadian health care system riled some people up today, prompting reporters to push him on exactly what went wrong when he was hospitalized in hockey country.  On a UFC conference call following his ESPN appearance, Lesnar said it wasn’t all Canada’s fault, but likened the care he received to "a third-world country," and praised the U.S. system as "a little radical, but we’ve got the best doctors in the world."

The way Lesnar sees it, our system doesn’t need reforming because it is totally kick-ass — an assessment that probably feels pretty accurate when you’re a millionaire at the Mayo Clinic.  True, as recently as 2007 medical bills accounted for 62% of all personal bankruptcies in the U.S. (and, of those, 78% had health insurance), but Lesnar is about as far from the poorhouse as anybody in the state of Minnesota, so obviously that’s not his concern.  He needed the best care money could buy, so he needed to be in a place where money could buy it.

As some of our friends on Twitter have kindly pointed out, it’s a little unfair for him to compare some small facility in Canada to one of the best medical facilities anywhere in the world.  But Lesnar isn’t trying to bash Canada.  He just wants us Americans to know that reforming a system where we spend more than any other country in the world, and yet ranked 19th among 19 developed countries when it comes to avoiding preventable deaths is completely unnecessary.  Need proof?  Well, Lesnar will be back in the Octagon this summer, won’t he?

After the jump, Lesnar’s full "Sportscenter" appearance, in case you missed it.


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sawbuck- February 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm
well said... What has dumbfounded me is how one political party in this nation that has 'always' been the more closely associated as "pro-business" party, but in recent years has morphed into this "Terminator" on behave of big business and all of their activities, has co-opted everyday people who had otherwise been just run-of-the-mill Republican voter's. And now, they are protecting insurance premiums, and drug prices. They even voted no recently to allow the government to negotiate the best possible price on behave of Medicare, and the Prescription drug bill that was passed under Republican leadership... Why it is OKAY for the entire World to have cheap drugs, but not the citizens of the U.S., is beyond comprehension...
sawbuck- February 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm
Life AND Death are neither a liberal nor a rot-gut right-wing Conservative wingnut issue, but I can promise you this, rob-the-knob-bobbing-razor that in order for a nation like ours to remain competitively poised for the major challenges we will face requires we have AND maintain well-educated, healthy citizens, to deal with all of the complexities.

If, you think a big fist and a lousy attitude are how we as a nation are going to win now AND into the future, then perhaps you should become a local MMA wannabe yourself, and leave the thinking to those who have the IQ and are emotionally equipped to deal with the world as it is, not the way some silly halfwit parrots to everyone that it should be.

We (The US) are ONLY a matter of a few years away from the critical tipping point with concern to health care insurance costs. I recently heard a TV show host comment on the health insurance costs he pays for his wife AND he, AND that their premiums have increased to just over $1100.00 per month, and that save for prescription's like blood-pressure AND cholesterol drugs, along with the normal 6 month checkup's that require deductibles he and his wife haven't used his health care insurance even one time.

Sticking one's head in the sand on important the issues that affect us all is idiocy, then spewing a few derogatory statements about people who hold different views than you, is real fucking intelligent flaphead. You need to wiseup, those Right wing radio and TV people who give you your opinions, are "fiddling as Rome burns." Things are more fucked up than you are capable of understanding my friend. Maybe you should increase your propane inhalation to 3 hits an hour!
sawbuck- February 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm
LoL. ...Sounds like it. Let's go fuck her!
Summoner10- January 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm
honestly, can Cagepotato refrain from unnecessary posts like this in the future? Who really cares about some off-handed remark from Brock Lesnar. It just cheapens the site.
TheFactor- January 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

Toronto General was like a trip back 30 years, mint-green paint, 2nd rate care, etc. No comparison

This is your argument ... mint green paint ... LOL
bthumper63- January 21, 2010 at 7:08 am
I can't beleive that brock said we are a third world country.I go to florida every winter and beleive me I feel sorry for my friends.A friend pays $700.00 a month for insurance and working minimum wages which is way below ours.You dare\ tell us that we are 3rd world moron ..check the way average american lives before opening your big month
Kittarl- January 21, 2010 at 6:49 am
9200 equalls, fuck all on the NHS, mother fuckers !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Big Jumpin Dad- January 21, 2010 at 5:46 am
and 9200 equalls about 9650 Canadian!!!! holy fuck Ricky!!!!!
Big Jumpin Dad- January 21, 2010 at 5:44 am
@ J-Dog

Wait... So youre saying it costs you an average of about 9200 per child??? Do the same rules apply for the Duggar's??!!!
KTM 212- January 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm
Brock sucks balls!! HATE that guy!!
Sully- January 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm
Well shit, if he was at the fuckin Mayo Clinic, he's right.
robthom- January 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm
"Since official slavery is illegal, the corporations needed new ways to keep people working for a barely livable wage and Insurance is one of those means. "

This applies to so much more about murica than just healthcare.

"...because our country runs on one thing; Citizens in debt. "
Organ Donor- January 20, 2010 at 7:40 pm
My girlfriend is a nurse and she thinks Brock Lesnar is brilliant.

She's retarded, though.
Big Jumpin Dad- January 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm
Yeah dude, I know a few trappers/guides that live in northern Manitoba and they make a killing.

Fishings huuuge in northern manitoba also, In the summer thats all you see is americans buying fishing licences and convoys of them all over town with big ass boats. Fucking guys drive from texas, and alabama and California and stuff, Thats insane!! I guess Catfish must be getting a little old down there.
Anyways keep coming down and catch all the pike you want!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM OUT
GetUpAndKill- January 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm
@ Vader

You'd be surprised by what Americans can do with guns in Canada. American hunting is a HUGE source of income to Canada and they get weapons accross the border very easily. A BC hunting trip for a Bighorn sheep could net the Guide around $30,000.

With that said, we are talking about Gimli...not sure what kind of big game hunting he was doing.

@ Kittarl

Darwin award candidate...
Kittarl- January 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm
a couple of years back i split hot black tea fresh from the kettle, straight on to my dick, 3 day in hospital, high as a kite on painkillers. And do you want to know how much it cost me? fuck all !
NHS paid mother fuckers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tlester4130- January 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm
^^ no shit ghostboner! cant you see how 831 completes a sentence without "dawg"? defenitely not Nate Diaz...
VadersAsthmaMeds- January 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm
What an awesome comment. I read it through twice, with special attention to the second-last paragraph. Nice one. If only someone in power had the balls to make something happen, right?

I also liked someone else's comment on how Lesnar was in Gimli, Manitoba, population 5800 - and how that was an accurate representation of socialized healthcare and doctors in Canada, in general.

BTW, what the fuck was Lesnar doing hunting in Canada? Did he have a licence to do so? And whose gun was he using? What about the permit on that gun? Did anybody ask these questions? I know there are only 3 cops in Gimli, but they could have stopped rolling the town drunk long enough to ask these questions, I think.
bitteralex- January 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm
$8000 to have a baby?!?!

jacking off to internet porn is free my friend...
The Truth- January 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm
I also think its amazing how people choose either this side or that side. Think about shit for your fucking self. If you think Beck OR Olberman (sp?) aren't lying to you, your out of reality. You go listen to both of them and then think about things and realize the truth is somewhere in the middle.
Red Baron- January 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm
After 3 surgeries in Toronto General (not a small Canadian hospital) and 20 surgeries in smallish UMC Hospital in Lubbock Texas (car accident), I can assure you Brock is right on this one. Toronto General was like a trip back 30 years, mint-green paint, 2nd rate care, etc. No comparison.
The Truth- January 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm
Overhaul is not the answer. Tweaking is.
The Truth- January 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Canada healthcare is better if your low income want to get checkups all the time for free etc..

US healthcare has better emergency care, and your fine as long as you have a job etc or pay out of pocket(As I Do).

If US govt. added free clinics everywhere it would be better than Canada in every area. The working class with insurance could keep the "cadillac" plans, and the low income could go to free clinics. If they tied that into schools etc, everyone would come out better. It would create jobs, be much easier on the taxpayer, and everyone would have a choice.
cagefightmon- January 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm
Phattousai- January 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm
There is entirely too much money being passes around the higher ups in the insurance companies and the lobbyist to ever allow socialized health care in America because our country runs on one thing; Citizens in debt. Since official slavery is illegal, the corporations needed new ways to keep people working for a barely livable wage and Insurance is one of those means. The health care fat cats figured out that if they jack up the price of health care with one hand while working closely with health care providers with the other, they can intimidate the lower classes into working shit jobs that they wouldn't normally take under the threat of having no way to recover should they become sick. It's the poor people who are forced to pay back ridiculously high hospital bills/student loans with interest/mortgages that are making all these corporations rich. The threat of going broke due to illness keeps the poor and uneducated going to work at Starbucks/7-11/McDonalds so that they don't lose their insurance.

Want to go to college? Sell your mortal soul to Sallie Mae or work fast food for the rest of your life. Want to have a dependable car to get to your job? Get an auto loan or take the bus and risk getting fired due to undependable transportation(Why do you think they ask on the application?) Want a family? Better get that home loan or raise your kids in a shitty apartment(Better have good credit). Want to take your children to a doctor? You better pay the insurance people or you're going to lose everything! Debt is the new Slavery.

And guys like Brock going out and convincing people whose opinions are easily swayed(especially when their patriotism is being challenged) that socialized health care is terrible, without any kind of evidence to back up his own claim other than his own experience at one clinic. I have news for you Brock; plenty of people are misdiagnosed in American medicine. Plenty of Americans have died needlessly do to a doctor's mistake, even the ones that can afford your health care. And yet, in the face of all the evidence that proves otherwise, people will still cling to the belief that there isn't anything wrong with our system, that the American way is the right way and anyone who tells you opposite is either a commie or a retard. USA #1, everyone else HACK PTOOEY and if you don't love it, leave it!

I don't understand why anyone, ANYONE, would be against a health care system that allowed all American citizens the right to basic health care. If the elite wish to pay for privatized care, then that's their right as well and they shouldn't be forced a government plan if they don't want to. However, I refuse to believe that there is any good reason that we can't follow the example set by other developed countries like Canada and England.

I'd keep typing, but my left arm just went numb....