Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Only Mavericks Use Socialized Health Care

It's not good enough for Danny Williams, but the Canadian Health Care system does have one supporter:

Palin notes irony of using Canada health care

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sarah Palin has been no friend lately of socialized health care.

She has criticized Canada's system, saying it should be dismantled in favor of free enterprise. And she has denounced President Barack Obama's health plan as being socialized medicine.

But during a weekend speech in Calgary, the former Republican vice presidential candidate acknowledged her family used medical care in Whitehorse, the capital of Canada's Yukon Territory, decades ago.

Well, at least she's aware of the irony. But hey, let's cut her some slack. We all did wild and crazy things in our youth we're not proud of.

Palin's just lucky her brother's burnt ankle never came before a death panel, or who knows what those socialist Canadians would have done...

Also, for a recap of Palin's Calgary love-in, check out Colby Cosh.

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  • That was a nice burn on Alanis Morissette slipped in there.

    By Blogger The Fwanksta, at 1:01 p.m.  

  • She's a loser.

    However, having held office, she's less of a loser than, say, Elizabeth May.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 2:14 p.m.  

  • Considering she was 5 or 6 years old when this happened, I'm not sure what the point of this is. I suppose you could blame her parents...

    By Blogger Mr. Lorne, at 3:06 p.m.  

  • never mind this was pre-socialized medicine. but she was a little kid.. this makes you sound like an ass hat

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:56 p.m.  

  • Um... yeah. Reading the rest of the article makes it pretty clear that the Heaths sent their kids to Whitehorse because of transportation availability, not because of any differences in the health care systems. (The dad even notes that he had to pay out of pocket in Canada, whereas treatment in the US would've been covered by insurance.)

    But anyway, you're missing the last half of Palin's point about why it's ironic. Back then, her family went to Canada for medical treatment. Today, Canadians travel to the US for health care when our system fails them.

    By Anonymous The Invisible Hand, at 4:26 p.m.  

  • It was the 1960s. Yukon didn't join nationalized health care till 1972.

    By Blogger Ben (The Tiger in Exile), at 12:02 a.m.  

  • OK, OK, fine. Sarah Palin is right.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:40 a.m.  

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