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March 8, 2010

Palin Used Socialist Canadian Health Care System

From HuffPo:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care -- admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada's single-payer system.

"We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada," Palin said in her first Canadian appearance since stepping down as governor of Alaska. "And I think now, isn't that ironic?"

How could her parents subject her to the death panels? But, I guess she did learn a valuable lesson in how to hustle...


Heir to the Throne said...

Progressive FAIL

this was in the ‘60s
According to the summary of Canada’s health care system by Health Canada, it was only until 1972 that Yukon “create[d] medical insurance plans with federal cost sharing.”

Maria said...

Conservative FAIL

Can Conservatives not scroll (up)?

Yes, "...it was only until 1972 that Yukon “create[d] medical insurance plans with federal cost sharing.” but from the same linked page to your link:


Yukon creates hospital insurance plan with federal cost sharing, July 1.

So when they took him to a hospital for his burns it was one that had federal cost sharing.


And, of course there's that pesky problem that when she was in the US she said they took him to a US hospital and when she was Canada she said they took him to a Canadian hospital.

Joy said...

Semi-correct, "Heir." Single payer proved itself for a couple of decades at the provincial level before being adopted nationwide. See http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat/452493/a_real_win_for_single_payer_advocates

However, "By 1961, all ten provinces had agreed to start HIDS Act programs" (50% gov't funding for hospitalization and tests). If the Palin's were in one of their Idaho phases, crossing into Alberta, well, "In 1950, Alberta created a program similar to Saskatchewan's [the first single payer program]. Alberta, however, created Medical Services (Alberta) Incorporated (MS(A)I) in 1948 to provide prepaid health services. This scheme eventually provided medical coverage to over 90% of the population." The services in the Yukon (including the basic presence of doctors) was also, I believe, government subsidized, much as Australia's flying doctor system. So, did the Palin's get national single payer healthcare, state single payer, "state-run prepaid" care, or merely paid care from a state-subsidized doctor? No way to tell without more information, but it's almost certainly one of those three situations.

See http://journals.democraticunderground.com/BREMPRO/4

And remember, when you pass along a sound bite, it may come back to bite you.

EdHeath said...

So the Heath's took their son to a hospital that likely did not ask for payment? Pretty smart.



(clear's throat)

Heir to the Throne said...

So the Palin's had a hospital insurance plan with federal cost sharing in the 60s?
State-Run Media Red-Faced Over Palin’s Canadian Doctor Visits
UPDATE: Here’s some more context: “My first five years of life we spent in Skagway, Alaska, right there by Whitehorse. Believe it or not – this was in the ’60s – we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse. I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little kid accident thing and my parents had to put him on a train and rush him over to Whitehorse and I think, isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada.”