Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Cons Go After Our Medicare System

They promised they wouldn't go after medicare. But that was then and this is now.

The Conservative government is putting the provinces on notice that Ottawa plans to shrink the rate of growth in health transfers.

As Finance Minister Jim Flaherty prepares to meet his provincial and territorial counterparts Monday in Victoria, signals continue to pile up that Ottawa will not keep increasing transfers by 6 per cent a year beyond the 2015-16 fiscal year.

And what does Stephen Harper have to say about this?

“We have committed to the 6 per cent for a few more years. Over the long term I think all governments recognize – federal government, provincial governments – that the cost of the health care system cannot continue to rise more quickly than our revenue. And that's a problem and that's a challenge we will all be dealing with in the next few years to come as we discuss the future of our health care system,” he said.

But then he would. 

For as I have warned so many times over the last few years, the main reason Stephen Harper went into politics was to destroy our medicare system.

That's why he is refusing to raise taxes on the rich, and is spending billions on things we don't need like shiny new prisons and fancy new jets. So he can watch the provinces slash medicare to the bone, or hand it over to private companies that will squeeze blood out of a stone. 

Our beautiful medicare system doesn't need to be dismantled. If you don't believe that then please read this from those who know and love it.

The assertion that Medicare is “unsustainable” has been repeated so many times that in some circles it has become accepted as indisputable fact. Critics of Medicare assert that the cost of our public health care system is growing at an alarming pace...

While this argument is sufficiently compelling to have won it widespread repetition in newspaper reports and public commentary, it is not substantiated by the available evidence. In fact, it flies directly in the face of most reliable data on health care. As the flurry of media coverage and public debate accelerates around this cavalcade of inaccurate platitudes, it is hard not to be reminded of what H.L. Mencken warned many years ago, “There is always an easy solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.”

Oh boy. I feel sorry for all the old people who voted for the Cons in such huge numbers, for they will be the first to suffer.

Forced to wait for a hospital bed, or beg for a sandwich, or hope for euthanasia to spare them and their families from financial ruin.

Now more than ever, organize, unite, take to the streets to stop them. Prepare to sweep these filthy lying Cons from power.

Before these ideological fanatics destroy our beautiful medicare system.

Before they destroy us all...


Anonymous said...
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BC Mary said...

After a long, healthy life, I'm currently deep in the throes of Canada's health care system, and constantly wishing I could describe the miracles they perform as everyday routine.

Those who bad-mouth our Medicare should wash their mouths with soap. They simply don't know what they're talking about.

I can't imagine a better system for looking after one another ... and what, for gosh sakes, is wrong with that??

I'm thankful for the excellent care I am receiving. All Canadians, when they fall ill or injured, should be grateful, too.

thwap said...

The nice thing about the harpercons being such lying criminal anti-democratic scum is that we are under no obligation to treat them with any deference.

Simon said...

hi anonymous...I'm sorry to have to delete your comment, but as I've told you before please don't try to link Stephen Harper to neo-nazis and skinheads. It should be obvious that I dislike the man, and what he's trying to do to Canada. But even he is better than that...

Simon said...

hi BC Mary...thank you for saying nice things about our medicare system. It may not be perfect, but it's a wonderfully human system that makes me proud to be a Canadian.
Our doctors,nurses,technicians etc provide first class care, and unlike the U.S. we only need a medicare card not a credit card.
I believe that free medical care should be a right not a privilege, and is the sign of a civilized society. I have read heartbreaking stories of old couples losing everything when one of them gets sick, and I'm absolutely determined to try to make sure that never happens.
I'm sorry to hear that you are sick, but happy and grateful to hear that you are in good hands.
So get better soon eh? :)

Simon said...

hi Thwap...What??? You don't salute or shout "Thankyou Jesus" when King Harper glides by in his armoured convoy. Or on the chunky shoulders of Jason Kenney.
I shall have to report you to Vic Toews' Department of Con Security and Political Punishment immediately. !!!
I on the other hand have an aversion to confined spaces and torture, so I will continue to be suitably, I mean subtly, I mean safely deferential... ;)

Anonymous said...

You want to improve waiting times and such, you have to train and pay for more doctors, nurses, technicians, specialists, etc. There is no magic wand in the possession of would-be private healthcare owners they can wave to eliminate waiting times and provide everyone with a complementary unicorn.

Other than totally denying care and tossing people out into the street to die.

The people who hate Canadian healthcare and long for privatization should put their money where their mouth is and go down to the states instead of to their local hospital. Many of them can't afford to pay for American health care, but they don't realize they won't be able to afford it if it comes north either.