One of the comments on the previous post indignantly pointed out that "If we were to privatize health care for example then the value of someone's life is quantified into a fiscal number!"
Apart from the fact that I'm not sure how people who make this argument think health care is currently paid for (Marshmallow bunnies? Rainbow wishes?), and the fact that we have already established that there is a price we are willing to pay for a human life, whether or not we have given it a specific number (we don't preserve human life at all costs, but accept the fact that it might be lost as a cost... my dad likes to point out that the speed limit is an excellent example of this), but there's a much bigger problem with the argument.
There will always be a price for medical care, whether under a private, two-tiered or socialized system. What I've never figured out is how socialists think that allowing doctors to make a profit is worse or even comparable to the government doing exactly what they're worried about - quantifying human lives as a fiscal number, and further, setting a maximum value for the value of lives.
Our system does this in a way no two-tiered or fully privatized system could because in order to ensure that they stay "on budget," government has to decide which drugs, procedures, tests, etc. we will be allowed to have. This is a purely fiscal concern and has absolutely nothing to do with saving human life.
So, sure, someone might be paying some absolutely insane amount of money for drugs in the states. Someone might lose everything they have to get some cutting-edge treatment. But when they expend that cost, it might be saving their life. At least there isn't some overarching socialist structure telling them that they're not entitled to this life-saving drug or procedure because it costs the system too much money. Whether or not society should be helping to cover these costs is a completely separate issue to privatizing health care delivery.
Luckily for those who can afford it, money and connections can help you escape the price cap the Canadian government has put on human life... but for the less well-off in society - the ones the system is supposed to help (and, to be fair, does help with less catastrophic situations) are trapped with a government-set price cap on their lives because of the socialized nature of the entire system.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: if all we want is to ensure that every Canadian has adequate health care coverage, then there's no reason for any more government involvement than health insurance subsidies. For Canadians it would certainly be a step in the right direction.