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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Failings of Universal Healthcare

You'll get swifter, cleaner and more efficient treatment than most Canadians get under socialized health care.
Mark Steyn column referring to the kind of care being provided to Guantanamo terror prison camp inmates in the Chicago Sun-Times June 12, 2005

If you weren't aware of it, Canada has the kind of socialized healthcare system that leftists like Hillary Clinton salivate over (how about that for a visual?). Theirs is the sort of system that she and Billy Boy tried to force down the throats of Americans back in 1993, only to find that we can muster a little force of our own when aroused to action. She and her plan were crushed and she was driven into (temporary) exile.

But Canada, for whatever reason, presses on with its rationed one-plan-fits-all approach to medical care. And the citizenry suffer for it. But conditions there - and attitudes - are changing. This comes from an editorial in the Wall street Journal.

Unsocialized Medicine

Let's hope Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy were sitting down when they heard the news of the latest bombshell Supreme Court ruling. From the Supreme Court of Canada, that is. That high court issued an opinion last Thursday saying, in effect, that Canada's vaunted public health-care system produces intolerable inequality.

The court's decision strikes down a Quebec law banning private medical insurance and is bound to upend similar laws in other provinces. Canada is the only nation other than Cuba and North Korea that bans private health insurance ... (link)

The Supreme Court of Canada made the right decision of course. But it is telling that various Canadian provinces had to ban the purchase of private healthcare insurance and the acquisition of treatment outside of their socialist system.

Perhaps we should send Hillary up to Ottawa to instruct legislators there on how to create a more perfect healthcare system. Ours.

NY Times Columnist Adopts My Plan

It is gratifying beyond words that powerful and influential members of Congress are starting to come around to my plan for saving Social Security. It is down-right breathtaking when a columnist for the rabidly statist - and pro-status quo - New York Times signs on as well. But John Tierney does just that today in an article entitled, "The Old and the Rested." (Get it? "The Young and the Restless"? It took me a minute too.)
In the Social Security debate, the notion of raising the retirement age is the elephant in the room, as Robin Toner and David Rosenbaum reported in The Times on Sunday. Both liberal and conservative economists favor the change, but politicians are terrified to even mention it to voters.

If the elderly were willing to work longer, there would be lower taxes on everyone and fewer struggling young families. (link)
That's is a polite way of saying: Raise the age of eligibility for Social Security to 71 and ask the elderly to deal with it.