October 27, 2006

Looks Like Being a Socialist Did Teach Him a Few Things

My friend Kyle points out that our dear friend Bob Rae has no problem with medical clinics selling services outside medicare. We already have private clinics in Quebec and the entire system has not collapsed. I will still get service when I need it and the delays are not too long.

No wonder Bob Rae left the NDP, could you imagine these comments uttered anywhere near Jack Layton, something would have exploded in the background somewhere.

Here is what Bob Rae said. I believe it is a perfectly legitimate position. As long as public money does not fund these people, then it does not hurt Medicare.

Still, Rae isn’t as hard-core a lefty as some.

He is not opposed to Alberta-style privatization of health-care services, for instance.“I think that if people decide they want to take responsibility for their own health-care and go to a private health clinic, that’s their business,” he said.

“I don’t think you can ban private medicine in Canada. I don’t think that’s an intelligent solution.“It’s a decision for provinces to make.

“The one thing that is clear is that the provincial government or the public sector should not be subsidizing private care.”

So much for the most left candidate. I can imagine some people scratching their heads.

15 Commentaires:

Blogger Braeden Caley a dit...

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10/27/2006 2:06 a.m.  
Blogger Cherniak_WTF a dit...

I'm actually surprised that you like the degration of the Quebec system....
There is a shortage of doctors, the wait times are disgusting, public facilities are used for private operations, public doctors charge many "extra" fees.
The Gazette did some investigative reporting (about 6 months ago) and the expose was not pretty about our Quebec system... time to find a new argument...

10/27/2006 2:52 a.m.  
Blogger Braeden Caley a dit...

Call me worried.

I believe that's a two-tier health care system... yikes Bob.

10/27/2006 2:57 a.m.  
Blogger andrewridgeley a dit...

Whether they're aimed from the left or the right, you gotta love Raeconomics!

10/27/2006 3:28 a.m.  
Blogger Skip a dit...

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10/27/2006 9:37 a.m.  
Blogger Youppi1981 a dit...

No province has banned doctors from working in private system - this is not Cuba. They prevent doctors from going private and then billing provincial plans. Bob is just stating what the law and the Canada Health ACt allow, and of course he states that public money shouldn;t support those who do opt to go into private system. That is why so few doctors have.

10/27/2006 9:56 a.m.  
Blogger anna yanuk a dit...

you have a lot to learn youngsters!

10/27/2006 10:36 a.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

i am sure some of his supporters did not know this...I am ambivalent either way cuz its all provincial jurisdiction and Bob kind of hints at that.

John Lennard did a whole Bob Rae on health care thingy and this was nowhere near it so it's not like he has been saying this all along.

the problem with quebec is many people leave after eing educated here, especially from the English universities. Less than 50 doctors have left the public system here to go into the private sector, almost all of them in Montreal.

10/27/2006 11:41 a.m.  
Blogger Kyle Carruthers a dit...

skip, I didnt "neglect" to mention anything. I fail to see how the fact that Bob was asked a question changes anything. He still gave his normative view on people visiting private clinics. Either way, the article (as they often do) makes no mention of what question prompted his statement.

10/27/2006 1:14 p.m.  
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10/27/2006 6:53 p.m.  
Blogger anna yanuk a dit...

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10/27/2006 10:09 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

i didnt even comment on Bob's statement and I twisting words...do you Boob supporters just have a comment on repeat?

10/27/2006 11:08 p.m.  
Blogger dollard_liberal a dit...

Anna Yanuk, if you are looking to sink Canadian medicare, then by all means you ought to support Bob Rae, whose track record on sinking* is particularly good.

*My reference is his gaffe stunt with Rick Mercer; I'm sure that you enjoyed the uncensored version(s).

10/29/2006 4:41 a.m.  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

Compare Bob's statement to that of former Saskatchewan Premier and socialist Roy Romanow.


10/29/2006 11:11 a.m.  
Blogger anna yanuk a dit...

who said i support bob rae? i don't! you children are too funny.

10/29/2006 4:24 p.m.  

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