Palin: ‘Kind of Ironic’ Her Family Used Canadian Healthcare

March 8, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-From the muddled mind of anti-healthcare reform fearmonger, Sarah Palin comes this little gem: She admitted over the weekend that while growing up, her family was forced to cross the border into Canada to receive healthcare. But, that’s bad right? Those Socialist doctors must have lopped off a family member’s foot by mistake, or something as equally as hideous, right? That’s what happens in those crazy Socialist countries. And opponents of healthcare reform, like Sarah Palin keep telling us that the healthcare system is so bad in Canada, that sick people there travel to the U.S. all the time to receive non-Socialist, proper medical treatment. Palin has consistently fearmongered that President Obama’s healthcare reform plan is filled with death panels and Socialism, amounting to a “government takeover.” In light of the recent debate raging over the reform of our broken health insurance system, Palin pointed out the irony of her family having to rely upon Socialized medicine for their medical needs.

While speaking at a paid speaking engagement in Calgary, Canada, in which attendees paid from $150 to $200, Palin told the crowd that, as a young child in the 60s, she and her family lived in Skagway, Alaska and had to “hustle” over the border to Canada for medical care:

“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.”

As pointed out by Steve Benen of The Political Animal, it’s ironic indeed:

“Actually, yes, it is rather ironic. Palin now believes President Obama is trying to impose socialized-medicine, which would be dangerous for Americans in need of care. But Palin’s wrong on both counts — the White House plan isn’t socialized-medicine, and the concept couldn’t be too dangerous if it helped meet her own family’s needs.”

“Universal health care: good enough for Palin’s family, but not for yours?”


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