Apparent hypocrisy by Sarah Palin?
Thanks Pete for this link, well sort of, I am not sure why he showed this to me…..
So apparently, Palin is a hypocrite for crossing the border for health care. Except that this is totally unremarkable. Sarah Palin decided to go from Bumblehickville, Alaska to the nearest city which happened to be Whitehorse, Yukon. Wow. Health care in a sparsely populated area of a modern nation is usually worse than that of a more densely populated area of another modern nation.
While I usually find all HufPo writers disagreeable, I think this attempt to beat down a straw man, in Sarah Palin is stupid. If anything the net flow is definitely skewed towards the US. The wiki verdict is that though some of these pro-American claims are exaggerated, some of their political leaders have come down her for major surgeries, quotas have created space problems in their hospitals and their hospitals have difficulty handling rarer cases. Meanwhile, Americans go up for cheaper drugs (since Canadians don’t invent any, they can just mooch) and marijuana (probably those libertarians)…..
The real arguments against this health care bill don’t find their merits in the premise, “all Canadian health care just sucks and can never be used.” There are plenty of solid arguments, some I have mentioned previously, against this bill. Its not cost-neutral, it reduces choice, it depresses innovation, etc. Oh yea, and most people don’t want it. While I am not a fan of status quo either, I think Mankiw’s analogy is a good one.
The railing on Palin is something else though. While I find her immensely irritating, I find people who make sport to find everything she does as stupid, even more irritating. She was elected governor of a state, something most douchey college students would have no shot at doing. I am not surprised liberals are making it a sport to try to criticize everything she does. Welcome to the big leagues Obama-philes, beating the crap out of Palin might boost your self-esteem a little bit, but that’s not gonna get anyone of the 53% to be convinced this health care plan is any good.