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February 10, 2009

Canada Knows What We Have to Look Forward To

Posted by Dave Blount at February 10, 2009 1:38 PM

With the help of the unforgivable traitors Specter, Collins, and Snowe, the Senate has passed the pork-laden socialist power play the media complicitly calls a "stimulus package." Predictably, the stock market has reacted by going into freefall.

In addition to burying the economy in senseless debt that we may never be able to repay and setting the table for Zimbabwe-style inflation rates, Porkzilla allows the federal government to ration healthcare. Combined with last week's expansion of SCHIP, this means we essentially already have socialized medicine. For an idea of what this means, we need look no farther than Canada:

In Ontario, Lindsay McCreith was suffering from headaches and seizures yet faced a four and a half month wait for an MRI scan in January of 2006. Deciding that the wait was untenable, Mr. McCreith did what a lot of Canadians do: He went south, and paid for an MRI scan across the border in Buffalo. The MRI revealed a malignant brain tumor.
Ontario's government system still refused to provide timely treatment, offering instead a months-long wait for surgery. In the end, Mr. McCreith returned to Buffalo and paid for surgery that may have saved his life.

Too bad escaping to America won't be an option, when America has undergone Change and isn't here anymore.

Those who are deemed by the bureaucracy to be too old will be up a creek when they need healthcare. Ask Bill Murray of Alberta, who

waited in pain for more than a year to see a specialist for his arthritic hip. The specialist recommended a "Birmingham" hip resurfacing surgery (a state-of-the-art procedure that gives better results than basic hip replacement) as the best medical option. But government bureaucrats determined that Mr. Murray, who was 57, was "too old" to enjoy the benefits of this procedure and said no. In the end, he was also denied the opportunity to pay for the procedure himself in Alberta.

We have fought major wars over far less than what Democrats have been able to impose on this country in only three weeks of control in Washington.

On a tip from Byron.