…but we’re not listening.
These two articles are serendipitous.
In summary, when pondering Mr. Obama’s proposals, voters should examine the Canadian record. Canada is on the whole a gentler, softer and more liberal nation — but there is also less freedom, opportunity, prosperity, competition and dynamism.
In the 1960’s Claude Castonguay recommended that Quebec institute government-administered health care. This was a “free” system. That is, paid for by taxpayers. Quebec followed his advice and Castonguay has become known as “the father of Quebec medicare.” Eventually his ideas were implemented from coast to coast.
He has had second thoughts:
“We thought we could resolve the system’s problems by rationing services or injecting massive amounts of new money into it,” says Castonguay. But now he prescribes a radical overhaul: “We are proposing to give a greater role to the private sector so that people can exercise freedom of choice.”
Castonguay advocates contracting out services to the private sector, going so far as suggesting that public hospitals rent space during off-hours to entrepreneurial doctors. He supports co-pays for patients who want to see physicians. Castonguay, the man who championed public health insurance in Canada, now urges for the legalization of private health insurance.
We have been given the favor of observing a costly social experiment carried out on a grand scale. We can see that it hasn’t worked the way we’re told it will if we follow a similar course.
Liberal Democrats’ arrogance is breathtaking. Here, we’d socialize medicine the “right way.”
Serendipity Update 12:40PM. Add Heller to the North/South dialog. Maybe some Canadians are listening to us? Why can’t we protect ourselves?