Real life political humour
I find this really amusing. Just when many left-leaning Americans are celebrating the introduction of something somewhat similar to socialized health care in their country, one of Canada's major parties is seriously considering backing away from the semi-socialized health care we have here. The federal Liberal party had a "policy renewal conference" recently. They're the opposition these days. They're more accustomed to being the governing party but they've lost several elections in a row to the Conservatives. So, get a load of what one influential Liberal is saying:
Dodge, a former deputy finance minister, told the Montreal conference it's time to re-think the program, the cost of which is increasing at seven per cent a year -- twice the rate of growth in the economy.
He told delegates there are "really only four" options to rein in health spending:
- Impose or increase dedicated health-care taxes or levies.
- Reduce the scope of medical procedures covered by public health insurance, forcing people to buy private health insurance for services not covered.
- Introduce "significant" co-payments.
- Continually reduce the quality of services provided -- letting wait times increase and limiting drug coverage, for instance -- and allow people to buy upgraded, private health care. In other words, "so-called two-tier medicine."
"These are stark and unpalatable choices we face with respect to health care," Dodge said.
"There is no magic solution and we absolutely must have an adult debate about how we're going to deal with this."
If you're interested, you can read the full article here: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20100327/liberal_conference_100327/20100327?hub=Canada
Politics -- more fun than a barrel of monks.
Reality is the graveyard of the gods.