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March 08, 2010

Palin: "We Used to Hustle Over the Border [to Canada] For Healthcare"

From a speech Sarah Palin gave in Calgary over the weekend:

"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."

Predictably, the sinistrosphere is having a conniption crying "hypocrite! hypocrite!" like a bunch of idiots.

First of all, no Republican, and certainly not Palin, is suggesting that the solution to expensive American healthcare costs is to prevent Americans from going to Canada to get care. So, on its face, there's no hypocrisy to this...even if we ignored the obvious details: she was a child and it was an emergency.

Second, even on a charitable reading, the fool Lefty commentators don't have a point because, as usual for the breed, they have only a passing familiarity with reality. They suggest that it's hypocritical for Palin to say that Canadian-style healthcare isn't right for America because she benefited from it as a child. In fact, nationalized medicine didn't exist in Whitehorse (Yukon) until 1972.


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