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“I did not sign away my right to get the best possible health care for myself when I entered politics.”

— Canadian Premier Danny Williams, explaining why he came to the US for heart surgery

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  1. Ken says:

    No hypocrisy here. Not a trace of it.

  2. Brian Williams. says:

    This illustrates yet another good reason to oppose ObamaCare: it will harm innocent Canadians who flee their country to come to the United States for the best possible health care.

  3. Richard W. Walker says:

    So the Canadian premier, following the best economic logic, chooses the U.S. health care system over his own and for no other reason than it’s better than the Canadian system. Yet he and other members of his party routinely refuse access to life-saving care to his own constituents. Good to remember that the Canadian premier values his own life more than his health care system, so do most Americans.

  4. Virginia says:

    Illustrative of Canada’s state-of-the-art, no-wait-time, one-size-fits-all health care system.

  5. Paul H. says:

    What a poilitical statement this makes.

  6. Ken says:

    What do you want to bet that you will never see this mentioned in a Paul Krugman editorial.

  7. John R. Graham says:

    As Premier (First Minister) of a province with a government-monopoly, single-payer, health plan, Mr. Williams is effectively the Chairman of the Board of the only health insurer available to Newfoundlanders. And yet, he is quoted as saying that he does not know whether the Newfloundland Medical Care Plan will reimburse him for his treatment in Florida, for which he paid himself, directly.

    It poses a difficult political challenge for Mr. Williams. If he “sucks it up” and does not submit a claim to the Newfoundland Medical Care Plan he implicitly admits that the NfldMCP does not meet the standard. However, if he does submit a claim then he implicitly admits that any Newfoundlander should be able to go to Florida for treatment when his primary-care physician recommends it.