Thursday, July 23, 2009
Why Stephen Harper Doesn't Defend Medicare
As the right-wing in the U.S. continues its all out assault on Canada's medicare system, a lot of Canadians are wondering why Stephen Harper won't defend it.
"Canada’s single-payer system and our country’s reputation are under attack in America from a multi-million dollar tidal wave of special-interest propaganda and scare tactics."
"Our health care system is being used as a political pawn in the U.S. and you have an obligation as our prime minister to set the record straight and prevent the “swift-boating” of our reputation and health system."
Instead of leaving it up to the Liberals, the NDP, and some Americans..
No Canadian goes bankrupt because of medical bills.
Across the border, 62 percent of the near-record number of bankruptcy filings are at least partly because of health-care costs. Some 46 million have no insurance; millions more are underinsured.
"I asked my friend how he's going to pay his $110,000 hospital bill, and he has no idea... They'll probably turn it over to a collection agency and harass him for the rest of his life."
You know it's absolutely laughable that any American should attack our beautiful, human, medicare system when there are more uninsured people in the U.S. than we have citizens. And so many Americans live in FEAR of getting ill...just because they can't afford it...in the world's richest Banana Republic.
But since these corrupt crazies are attacking it, why isn't Stephen Harper defending it, like he recently defended our dirty oil industry?
And the answer is simple: Great American Leader is a former President of the National Citizens Coalition, the secretive ultra right-wing lobby group that was formed to FIGHT medicare.
They supported him from the beginning of his political career. When he was the NCC's VP he called for the Canada Health Act to be SCRAPPED. He worked for them longer than he has been Prime Minister.
So as they told that tuna in that commercial...Charlie, Stephen Harper doesn't want to defend medicare, he wants to DESTROY IT.
The good news? Healthcare is back at the top of the issues that Canadians really care about. If the opposition is able to portray Stephen Harper as Great Medicare Destroyer, a STOOGE of the NCC, and a Canadian leader too weak to stand up to the Americans, I think it could really hurt him.
As for me NOTHING makes me prouder to be a Canadian than living in a country where even if you're a poor person you will be given the same treatment as everyone else, you don't need a credit card just a medicare one, and all you have to worry about is getting better.
Because that's OUR Canada. And if Stephen Harper won't defend it, because he doesn't want to offend his buddies at the NCC...or his fellow RepubliCons in the U.S. And he hates Canada's wonderfully civilized medicare system sooooooo much.
I think we've got ourselves a healing issue, that we can use like a club....to help KILL the Cons in the next election.
Wow. Isn't that awesome? I feel better already...