Yet another Canadian politician has chosen the much-maligned U.S. health care system over the government-run health care of his own country. AP reports the following:
The premier of Canada’s east coast province is undergoing heart surgery in the United States this week because the treatment he is seeking was not available in his home province.
Hmm …. voting with his feet, eh?
The announcement about of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams’ plans has triggered a debate since Canada prides itself on its universal health care system.
Williams is only the latest Canuck politician to reject Canada’s single-payer system. Belinda Stronach, Paul Martin, Jean Chretien and Joe Clark also share his aversion to Canadian health care.
One can hardly blame them, of course. Only American progressives are dumb enough to think government-run health systems actually provide acceptable medical treatment.
Williams’ choice once again begs this question: If government-run health care is so good, why do the political leaders of countries like Canada avoid it like the plague?