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Liberalism: Why think when you can “feel”?

Quote of the day, “Canuck province’s premier thinks socialized medicine is awesome for you, not so much for him”

Remember the Newfoundland premier who flew to the U.S. for heart surgery?  Well, he’s got this to say about his decision to seek medical care outside of Canuckistan:

“This is my heart, it’s my health, it’s my choice.”

Ah, I see.  The choice that he would like to deprive his people of, in terms of medical care, is a choice that he was happy to make.  He could have been a little more honest about his choice, though:

“Did some checking, of course, and what was ultimately done to me, the surgery I eventually got … was not offered to me in Canada,” he said.

But it is available in his home country, a point that cardiologists fervently made last night.

“It’s his body, it’s his money, hopefully, but don’t tell us the operation cannot be done here. It can be done,” said Arvind Koshal, director of cardiac surgery at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton.

Somewhat buried is this nugget:

Some of the best mitral valve surgeons are in Toronto and Montreal, he said, noting that some even use robots, commonly employed in minimally invasive surgery. The wait times for cardiac surgery in Canada are relatively short, he added, saying such surgery could have been done within weeks.

To my Canuck visitors, let me fill you in on a little secret here:  In America, we don’t have waiting periods of weeks to get seen for heart surgery.  We don’t think “weeks” is a “relatively short” period of time to wait.  We tend to think heart surgery is a big deal and stuff.  We’re kind of funny that way.

Williams does try to weasel his way out of the glaringly obvious hypocrisy:

“I have the utmost confidence in our health-care system, I certainly do,” the 60-year-old said, perched on a leather chair in his condominium in Sarasota, Fla. “It’s a bum rap for someone to turn around and say, ‘Oh, Williams does not have confidence in his own health-care system because he has to leave the province.’ “

No, it’s not a “bum rap” to come to that conclusion.  Since the surgery was available in your country, yet you did not avail yourself of the opportunity to seek it locally, one can indeed draw the logical conclusion that you sought superior medical care elsewhere.  Not that we blame you, of course.  I’d want the best care possible, too, and if that meant getting it elsewhere, then so be it.  Just don’t act like it isn’t an indictment on the Canadian health care system, because it is.

At any rate, we thank you for your business!  😆

February 24, 2010 - Posted by | Canucks, health care, hypocrisy, quote of the day, socialism


  1. “…could have been done within weeks.”


    Comment by The Conservative Manifesto | February 24, 2010

  2. Mine was done within an hour of angioplasty.

    Comment by tnjack | February 24, 2010

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