Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Do you think you're what they say you are?

I suppose this was to be expected, shameless FUD though it may be. WASHINGTON -- Jacques Chaoulli, the Montreal family doctor who won his fight for private health care in Canada's top court, has become a folk hero to many U.S. conservatives who fear the southward spread of socialized medicine. He was in Washington yesterday, meeting leading right-wing groups and offering a helping hand to American health-care companies looking to set up shop in Canada. "He's truly a superstar in the health-care movement," said Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, as she introduced Dr. Chaoulli to a small group of conservatives. "I have a tear in my eye," Ms. Turner said after Dr. Chaoulli spoke at the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank. "This is truly a fight for fundamental liberty." Dr. Chaoulli also met scholars at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank that champions minimalist government. His basic point about the horrific failure of socialized medicine to provide an acceptable level of care is being broadly endorsed by American conservatives! Get 'im! Ah, the Canadian media: specializing in implicit anti-American spin regularly enough to set your watch by.

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