Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Canadian Premier Goes to The United States For Heart Surgery

Could there be a better case against socialized medicine then pointing out that the leaders of the country leaving to pay for medical treatment they could otherwise receive for free.



From the case files of “Socialized medicine is great, why, exactly?”

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams is set to undergo heart surgery this week in the United States.

CBC News confirmed Monday that Williams, 60, left the province earlier in the day and will have surgery later in the week.

The premier’s office provided few details, beyond confirming that he would have heart surgery and saying that it was not necessarily a routine procedure.

You know, the irony is just dripping from your monitor.



  1. haha yeah, too bad we have socialized medicine now- its called the emergency room.

    but instead lets deny people health care on the basis of their ability to pay until something happens where they have to go to the emergency room and the tax payer ends up picking up the tab anyway.

    but anyway good for the canadian premier that he can afford to come to the united states for health care, im sure hell never have to pay for a round of golf in his life either, but of course the the ability of wealthy people to pay for care was never the issue.

  2. @Ian Spencer Dubrowsky - the issue is which system is better. In that context it is noteworthy that a leader from a country that offers free medical service (Canada) chose to instead come here and pay for it.

    It also may be a bit of hypocrisy and/or elitism. I do not know this Canadian Premier's voting record; but assuming he did not oppose their health care system (which may not be the case) then he would be 'condemning' his fellow citizens to inferior medical care that he would not use.

  3. of course i think its an easy question. the united states pays on average a whole lot more per citizen for health care and gets much worse outcomes then even mexico!

    were also the sons of rich guys, and you and i dont have to worry too much about being able to afford care- but anyway i wonder if you have noticed that in every country were some form of universal coverage has been adopted that not even the "right-wing" politicians try and repeal it. james cameron's campaign slogan is "ill cut waste, not the NHS". your guy mike steele's new talking point is about "saving medicare". democracy is pesky...

  4. sorry, dont try and repeal it, but in fact run as the vanguard saving the socialist programs*

  5. @ian Dubrowsky - I do not know about 'rich' but we are very fortunate. Also, Steele is definitely not 'my guy'. As for the Mexico point; does that mean that you will be advising your friends and family to head down south should they need treatment? Somehow I think not. The US healthcare system has its problems, but it is still the best place to be when you need treatment. Some changes would be good, but what has been proposed thus far would serve more to pull the top down then lift the bottom up.


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