Thursday, September 18, 2008

Paul Krugman Steps in It On Socialized Medicine

In the socialized medicine equivalent of Prosecutor Chris Darden asking O.J. to try on the glove, liberal economist Paul Krugman didn't quite get the response he expected when he asked the Canadians in the audience at a forum on universal healthcare what they thought of their government-run healthcare system:
PAUL KRUGMAN
And private insurance? That’s the thing, I— Actually, can I just —I wanted to ask a question. And—

JOHN DONVAN [MODERATOR]
Please—please do—

PAUL KRUGMAN
—and I wanted to ask, actually two questions, to the audience. First, how many Canadians, would Canadians in the room please raise your hands. [ONE PERSON APPLAUDS, LAUGHTER]

JOHN DONVAN
We have about seven hands going up—

PAUL KRUGMAN
Okay, not as many as I thought. Okay, of those of you who are not on the panel who are Canadians,, how many of you think you have a terrible health care system. [PAUSE] One, two—

JOHN DONVAN
We see—almost all of the same hands going up. [LAUGHTER]

PAUL KRUGMAN
Bad move on my part. [APPLAUSE]
LOL! Our friend Morning's Minion's favorite economist gets sandbagged on Morning's Minion's favorite issue. Sad that.

;-)

If the government-run health care system doesn't fit, you must demit.

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5 Comments:

At 9/18/2008 10:18 PM, Blogger BillyHW said...

Canada's healthcare system is the best in the world. Our politicians keep telling us that over and over again. (Oddly enough, the politicians in France say the same thing. And Belgium, and Italy, and the Netherlands, and the UK, and Germany and...). They always seem to fly down to the U.S. to get treatment for themselves though, oddly enough.

Of course, as soon as it's election time, they are all trying to blame each other for "breaking" the health care system and promising to the best job at fixing the "disaster" that is our health care system. The solution is always more socialism, and whoever can scream the words "health care" the loudest usually wins.

But in all honesty there is a mixture of both good and bad. You may have to wait many years for hip replacement surgery and the waiting lists for cancer treatment are pretty long, but on the other hand you never, *ever* have to wait for an abortion or worry about having to pay for it yourself. It's "free." In fact, if you wait till the very last minute to have one, they'll even fly you first class to the USA to have one of those "partials." All expenses paid.

And the struggling father working two jobs to pay for his daughter's "uncovered" eyeglasses has the joy of knowing that his tax dollars go to help treat homosexuals who got AIDS during the Pride Parade festivities sponsored by the municipal, provincial and federal levels of governments (and his union too!).

Ah, The Joys of Socialism.

You Yankees don't know what you're missing!

And didn't you hear? Jesus was a socialist too. I learned that in Catholic school here!

 
At 9/18/2008 10:56 PM, Blogger Tito Edwards said...

Socialized medicine.

As Lenin said, thank goodness for useful idiots.

 
At 9/18/2008 11:02 PM, Blogger Tito Edwards said...

This is for MM.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!

Isaiah 5:20 & 23

I feel sorry for him.

 
At 9/18/2008 11:05 PM, Anonymous lwestin said...

(Well, everyone knows Canada has the worst Catholic schools..)

What is scariest about the Caadian healthcare system is that there is no alternative. The CMA is trying to set court precedents which make doctors the sole arbiters of life and death. They want to be able to determine the 'rubrics' of humam value, decide who is 'worthy' of care and who should be left to die. The patient is the totally dependant 'client ' of a monopoly system.
Of course these attitudes towards life, and the refusal to acknowledge an inherent value in human life, can be found in the States as well - but at least you can shop around...

 
At 9/18/2008 11:07 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Now, y'all don't get all serious on me.

;-)

The spirit of this post was a lighthearted laugh at MM's favorite economist having a little Chris Darden moment on the issue of government-run health care.

 

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