Sarah Palin has been a fierce opponent of health care reform in the United States, warning that our health care could become like Canada's single-payer system, which she dislikes. Now it turns out she took advantage of Canada's health care system.
The former governor of Alaska appeared in Calgary over the weekend in what was billed as Palin's first Canadian visit since she bailed on her state in the middle of her first term. She touched on several topics, but steered clear of the health care debate. Although according to the Canadian newspaper reports, she did reveal one little tidbit about her past:
"My first five years of life we spent in Skagway, Alaska, right there by Whitehorse. Believe it or not -- this was in the '60s -- we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse. I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little kid accident thing and my parents had to put him on a train and rush him over to Whitehorse and I think, isn't that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada. We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn't that ironic?”
It's not clear if Palin's use of the health care system she so openly despises ended at that time, or if it continued throughout her life.
However, OpposingViews expert Reason Foundation points out:
Well, get out the double-irony alert-o-meter. Canada was not born with the single-payer system it currently has. In fact, the full-blown socialization of its medical sector was a long time coming and was not in anything like its current state in the 1960s. In the early '60s, Canada had passed laws pushing universal access to hospitals; in 1966, the Medical Care Act allowed each province to create universal coverage systems, which took years to fully implement. It was only in 1984 that the current system really came online in the Canada Health Act, which banned patient fees and billing by doctors in excess of what the government paid.
Either way, this is not the first time the failed Vice Presidential candidate has made comments that could be construed as hypocritical. She is not shy about sharing her disdain for those liberals in Hollywood, but she reportedly made the rounds last week pitching a reality show to television executives.
And when Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used the word "retard," she called on him to be fired. But when fellow conservative Rush Limbaugh used the word, Palin said he was only being satirical.