Palin and Canadian Medicare

9 Mar
Her last speech as governor
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I’m heartened to see Facebook status update author Sarah Palin sing the praises of Canadian universal-coverage, single-payer Medicare. Perhaps we could simplify the whole health care debate and simply enact a universal Medicare buy-in here in the United States. Wouldn’t that be so much simpler? Wouldn’t it be great to abolish Medicaid and just cover everyone? Wouldn’t it be great if your employer and you didn’t have to share the five-figure cost for difficult and often inadequate private medical insurance plans?

At least that way, breathlessly false Republican accusations of a “government takeover” of the “health care system” would be incrementally closer to the truth.

Not true, mind you – just closer to it.

9 Responses to “Palin and Canadian Medicare”

  1. Mike March 9, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    She was a child…
    Regardless, Palin’s genius is in her ability to annoy the Left, case in point.

  2. Mike in WNY March 9, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    A universal Medicare buy-in, whatever the hell that is, does not fix the problems we have with health care, it only makes them worse.

  3. AL March 9, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    She can see single payer from her window.

  4. Eric Saldanha March 9, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    The next series of scribbled notes on her palm should be “stop talking”

  5. STEEL March 9, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Wow reading those little excepts from her book was painful.

  6. Christopher Smith March 9, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Also, Ms. Palin’s employer just posted an article showing how the healthcare reform bill will positively “bend the cost curve”, such as that new talking point goes…

    Very clever, Mr. Obama

    • Mike March 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

      State officials are leery of the proposal, which raises a host of questions: How would Congress define “excessive”? How would the new federal power relate to state insurance regulation?

      The proposal has great political appeal. But experts see a serious potential problem: Federal officials will focus on holding down premiums while state officials focus on the solvency of insurers, the ultimate consumer protection.

      Economists say that holding down premiums does not necessarily hold down the cost of care, which reflects the prices charged by doctors and hospitals and the volume of services.
      says… The New York Times

  7. Ward March 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    Lest you think she was endorsing Canada Health Care, the Act of the same name did not take effect until 1984.
    And of course it has taken a while to drive the system into its current state.

    • Eric Saldanha March 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

      The Canada Health Act of 1984 dealt only with how the health care systems in each province are financed. The universal health care access standard was established by the Medical Care Act of 1966, which extended the previous Hospital Insurance and Diagnostic Services Act cost-sharing setup to each province, as well as establishing Canada’s version of Medicare.
      Look, your guess is as good as mine what history this wackadoodle is trying to spin. Next, she’ll be saying she was at Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series and saw Paul Henderson’s winning goal.

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