Great Medical system, eh? Big Government OK?

There’s always a but, isn’t there?"

Well, it seems that NH State Senator Jackie Cilley (D – District 6 from Barrington)  went on a junket to our neighbors to the North…and that’s fine. The resulting puff piece in Fosters had a couple of things in it that caught my eye:

"The near universal feedback was they see government as an important institution in their lives," Cilley said, explaining the only dissenting opinion was that of a sailor. Canadians she spoke to were even OK with taxation between 33 and 44 percent of income, she said.

"They all seemed to be aware that they pay a high level of taxes … and only one sailor complained about that. To a person, everyone else that I asked about this had a clear understanding and appreciation of what they receive for those taxes," Cilley said.

Yeah, just the way that Big Government people like to see their subjects – compliant, docile, and willing to accept diktats from above.  But apparently, she a member in good standing of the Political Class (love of government vs the independence of the citizen).

Yeah, just like that half million that the American taxpayers just spent for new windows for the Mt. St. Helens observatory – that has been closed for the last two years with no plans to re-open.  I’m quite sure you can tell MY level of appreciation for the

The problem here, unlike the Candian system, is that the American tradition is ANTI-Big Government; at least that was the way it was until the Progressive movement here in the United States started ramping up in the latter part of the 1800s.  Frankly, Americans aren’t exactly anti-government, they just want to govern THEMSELVES!  No, I don’t mean just electing their own to govern them, but that they want to be left alone to decide…


…for themselves – I will make the decision for me and my neighbor will make the decisions for him; that is true self-government.And the Political Class hates that and rather looks down their collective noses at such a quaint notion.

Canadians were equally content with their health care, Cilley said. She said she questioned a bartender about service and care standards. According to Cilley, the bartender was adamant a Canadian patient with clear health problems receives prompt and credible medical attention, while questioning whether he would receive treatment if injured in the United States.

"On a number of points they seemed genuinely puzzled (and) at times humored" by American viewpoints, the senator said. On health care reform, Canadians were "totally mystified" why it was even an issue, Cilley said.

I’m not:

 

Losing her first baby was devastating enough but having to do it in a crowded waiting room is what angered Christine Handrahan the most.

The 29-year-old Peakes woman was nine weeks pregnant when on July 12 she started bleeding.

Fearing the worst, Handrahan and her husband, Michael, headed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s new emergency room.

That would be a Canadian hospital, folks.

 

 

There she waited more than three hours, blood seeping out of her jeans, tears rolling down her face as she feared she was losing her baby — or that she might be bleeding to death.

“It’s emotional. It’s such an emotional time for anybody. We tried for a couple of years to conceive a child and then to lose it. It was horrifying.”

Handrahan says nobody at the hospital showed her any compassion.

“They could have given me a room to go in. Not necessarily a room with a bed. Even if it had been their TV room, or their lunchroom, or their closet. That waiting room was jam packed full of people.”

–snip–

“The sort of things we’re looking at is, was she triaged appropriately?” said Henderson.

“And whether or not she was seen in a reasonable time frame and there are certain guidelines . . . and I won’t pussy foot around it we do have trouble meeting those guidelines at times.”

 

Simply a toss-off statement "we do have trouble"?  That’s a caring statement…

And remember, NH Senator Cilley voted for HassanCare – which was the bill that would started the takeover of Healthcare by Government fiat here in NH.

Back to the Fosters’ article:

Cilley said she is a believer in the free market system, but she even lauded the government’s involvement in business… People think that’s fine. We’d call that socialism."

There’s always a but, isn’t there? There’s always that "strings attached", huh?  There’s seemingly always the hint that "individuals can’t do it on their own, but they always will need the Guiding Hand, not of God, but of Government".  That’s socialism, folks, the basic idea of a Progressive society.

"The Larger the Government, the smaller the citizen"