Skip to comments.New Palin “scandal”: She supports Canadian socialized medicine or something
Posted on 03/08/2010 4:06:19 PM PST by big black dog
Lets see how well this one follows the Palin scandal template. Step one: Some provocative yet murky detail emerges about something she said or did. In this case, thatd be her admission that as a kid her family once crossed the border to seek medical care for her brother in Canada. Step two: The media assumes the worst and beams out the shocking allegations. Can it be true? Americas conservative champion bypassing the 45-minute trip to Anchorage so that her brother could indulge in some freebie socialized medicine 15 hours away?
Step three: The truth. First, the full quote from her speech:
My first five years of life we spent in Skagway, Alaska, right there by Whitehorse (180km away. see map). 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, isnt that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada.
And then the inconvenient part:
Little did these bloggers know that the source from which they were quoting either deliberately or unintentionally left off the fact that Palin clearly said that the story emanated from when her family lived in Skagway. Skagway is pretty close to Whitehorse [Canada]
According to the summary of Canadas health care system by Health Canada, it was only until 1972 that Yukon create[d] medical insurance plans with federal cost sharing.
So the day-long Yukon trek to feed from the socialist trough turns out to be a short drive to a nearby hospital where they paid for the treatment. Given her age at the time, why this would constitute a scandal even if her parents had gone there for free care is beyond me, but per our template, too good to check is the guiding principle in all things Sarahcuda.
But wait. An emerging scandal from the non-scandal?
Palin has also told an alternate version of the story that had her family traveling south by ferry to Juneau from Skagway for treatment of her brothers burned foot, rather than to Canada, according to a 2007 report posted by the Skagway News.
Palin caught lying red-handed? Or Palin maybe having had her memory refreshed about her brothers hospitalization in the course of talking to her parents while writing her book? Were on the cusp of step two!
So the Yukon didn’t get government care until ‘72??
I don’t have a problem with them going to Canada for medical care in the 60s. It was little different than going to a doctor in America at that time.
That's something you should risk these days. They might well have cut off care for everybody due to provincial budget problems.
OMG, her family used the private canadain helth care system in the 60’s!!!!
Time to light the fire and burn her at the stake!!!
That's something you should NOT risk these days. They might well have cut off care for everybody due to provincial budget problems.
Boy, she really knows how to tweak the left. Even when she’s not trying.
This was the 1960s and she was just a kid. And here is a Newsflash for you - if you live in rural country along the border with Canada and the nearest emergency room or Doctor is on the other side of the border, where do you think you would go? More so back in the 1960s the time period she spoke about. It happens even on our Mexican border. It's NOT an affirmation that their Health Care is better than ours.
A non-story sexed up to make Palin look bad, and as usual Freepers who should know better bite the bate. Will you ever learn?
Sarah Palin was born in 1964 and basic health care in Canada wasnt socialized until the 1980’s.
The current system, as described under the Canada Health Act, came into existence in 1984.
When it comes to stories about Palin, it’s Ready, Fire, Aim.
Every time these as$hats show themselves to be as stupid as a person can get, they go right out and show themselves to be even stupider.
Their stupidity no longer bothers me, but realizing how wrong I’ve been about just how stupid these morons can get.... is making me feel stupid. ;>)
Where these freaks not made of protein, their existence would be a complete waste.
At least the brainless worms are eventually eaten by brainless worms.
Residents of southeast face the same choices today. The greenies won't let us build roads and even if we did the distances are vast.
People just dont understand life in Alaska. Honestly, I have been ignorant as well but very intrigued and marveled at the people and lives lead in Alaska.
Okay dont yell at my response. wink. I was by no means defending these lunatics I was just stating my eyes opening of Alaska.
OMG, flog her with a feather!
Nice, very nice.
Question #1. At five years old, how is a child to have control over where she went for medical care?
Question #2. Was Sarah Heath (her maiden name) herself given Canadian medical care?
Question #3. How do non-citizens get Canadian health care?
I wish people would actually read the article before you reply. It’s making your point.